Scorsese Calls Pi Director “Disturbing”

Created: 2013-03-07 02:12 EST

Category: Entertainment

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese honored fellow director Darren Aronofsky at the inaugural First Time Fest in New York on Monday.

Aronofsky is the brains behind such box office hits as "Black Swan", "The Wrestler" and "Requiem for a Dream."

The 44-year-old began his film career with the black and white thriller "Pi" in 1998, which Scorsese jokingly described as "disturbing."

[Martin Scorcese, Director]:
"For the first recipient of this award they've chosen a brave and bold filmmaker. He began making films I think in 1998 with a very strong film. I remember the first time I saw 'Pi' I was kind of mesmerized by it, entranced and disturbing picture. And I was in on it, I just went with it."
For Aronofsky, being described as "disturbing" by Scorsese was something of a compliment.

[Darren Aronofsky, Director]:
"Martin Scorsese called me disturbing. That's what I'm taking away from tonight."

Scorsese went on to call the young filmmaker fearless and vividly alive, before questioning the delivery date of Aronofsky's next multi-million dollar film "Noah."

The festival is for first-time filmmakers, and one director will win theatrical distribution and full international sales representation from the American film distributor Cinema Libre Studio.