International Trailer for Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

Natalie Portman has returned to her Jewish roots with her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, an adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Amos Oz, also starring Portman, penned by Portman, and produced by Portman too.

Besides Portman, the cast also features Makram Khoury, Shira Haas and Amir Tessler as a young Oz, whose parents Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and Fania (Portman) attempt to raise him in Jerusalem amidst rising tensions. The story centers on the conflict between Israel and Palestine in the mid to late 1940s and I’m pretty sure this will not be overly patriotic.

The film premiered at Cannes and is still seeking distribution in the U.S.Thanks to cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down), the richness of visual detail is the compensation for the lack of English subtitles. Check out the international trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness below.

A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.

Natalie Portman's Directorial Debut