After a groundbreaking career, actress Natalie Portman has decided to work behind the cameras to adapt one of the biggest (if not the biggest) novel from the famous Israeli writer, Amos Oz:  “A Tale of love and darkness”.

 

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From the book to the screen

Natalie Portman read the book seven years ago, and immediately knew that she wanted to adapt this novel into film, and mark her debut as a film director:

“I wanted to direct it the first time I read it … The book is really moving and beautifully written and so many of the stories sounded familiar”

When reality becomes fiction

The actress, born in Jerusalem in 1981, recalled stories from her grandparents when reading Oz’s novel. The movie is based on the memories of Amos Oz, growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with Arieh, his academic father and Fania, his dreamy, imaginative mother. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and 40s to escape persecution.

The film centers on the young man’s relationship with his mother and the way she transmitted him her love for words, languages and the imaginative world she was living in.

History as background

The story starts in 1945 before the war of independence in Israel, when it is still a British mandate. The timeline shifts to 1953, several years after the state was recognized and when Amos moves to the kibbutz. He, then, became the writer we know.

“It’s a coming of age story,” said producer Mr. Bergman; “But the book has so many different layers, it is hard to describe in words. It’s a love story for a language and a country and the people, and of course, for his mother.”

A tale of love and darkness comes out in theater August 19.

PRODUCERS: Ram Bergman, David Mandil
EXEC PRODUCERS: Nicolas Chartier, Allison Shearmur
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:Slawomir Idziak
EDITOR: Andrew Mondshein, A.C.E.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER:Arad Sawat
COMPOSER:Nicholas Britell
COSTUME DESIGNER: Li Alembik
CAST: Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana, Amir Tessler

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Natalie Portman

 

Séverine has always been a movies lover. After studying film and media both in Paris, France and in California (UCSB), she became a videomaker. Fan of visual images, she co-created HolaHollywood with Dulce Osuna, where she can give substance to her thirst for film and TV.