Portman in film directing debut
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