Port­man in film di­rect­ing de­but

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JERUSALEM: Natalie Port­man will di­rect her first fea­ture film, based on A Tale of Love and Dark­ness, a mem­oir by Is­raeli nov­el­ist Amos Oz, the author said this week.

The Is­raeli-Amer­i­can ac­tress, who won a best ac­tress Os­car in 2011 for her role in ballet drama Black Swan, will also play Oz’s mother, who com­mit­ted sui­cide when he was 12.

“She (Port­man) read A Tale of Love and Dark­ness and asked me for the rights to make a film adap­ta­tion around five or six years ago,” Oz said. “I agreed be­cause of my high es­teem for her work.”

A Tale of Love and Dark­ness re­counts Oz’s child­hood in wartorn Jerusalem in the 1940s and 1950s, his mother’s death and his jour­ney through a kib­butz and Is­rael’s shift­ing pol­i­tics af­ter the birth of the na­tion.

Oz said he had been help­ing pre­pare the script, and Port­man might come to Is­rael in Septem­ber for film prepa­ra­tions and be­gin shoot­ing in Jan­uary.

Port­man, 32, was born in Jerusalem to an Is­raeli fa­ther and an Amer­i­can mother, and was raised in the US. Her first fea­ture film role was in the 1994 thriller Léon: The Pro­fes­sional and her break­out role came in her teens as Queen Padmé Ami­dala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phan­tom Men­ace. Port­man has also worked in Is­raeli film. – Reuters

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