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Director Asa Mader and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, currently being celebrated for his choreography for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, have collaborated on a short starring Millepied and French actress Lea Seydoux. (Update: Millepied is also being reported as Natalie Portman’s fiance and the father of her baby.) From Nowness:

After meeting at a dinner one night about five years ago, director Asa Mader and current principal of the New York City Ballet Benjamin Millepied struck up a friendship. “We immediately had a connection,” says Mader. The duo subsequently holed up over a long weekend in the Hamptons (they stayed at the former residence of veteran NYC ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins) to brainstorm a collaboration. The results of that session finally come to fruition today in the premiere of the directors’ edit of the evocative romantic short Time Doesn’t Stand Still, which will be released in its entirety in 2011. Featuring an original score by legendary David Lynch composer Angelo Badalamenti, the film’s classic, timeless aesthetic is enhanced by stylist Aleksandra Woroniecka, who plundered Ralph Lauren’s current collections as well as the house’s archives. “There’s a universal language that we were trying to explore,” explains Mader of the spare French dialogue and intimate choreographed gestures.

Released this week is the section below, a tango dance “that serves as the dramatic lynchpin of the film.”

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