Natalie Portman in Israel Working on Directorial Debut

Israeli-born actress is making a film adaptation of Amos Oz's autobiographical novel, 'A Tale of Love and Darkness;' Portman will also star in the movie, which is to be filmed in Jerusalem.

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Natalie Portman is currently in Israel working on a film adaption of an autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz.

The Jerusalem-born Oscar winner will direct and star in "A Tale of Love and Darkness," which is to be filmed in Hebrew in Jerusalem. This will be her feature film directorial debut.

Portman, who is staying at a Tel Aviv hotel, is currently writing the screenplay and ironing out production details, with filming scheduled to begin in January. 

"A Tale of Love and Darkness" is based on Oz’s autobiographical novel of the same name, which takes place in Jerusalem in the second half of the 1940s. The story focuses on the author’s childhood, his mother’s mental illness and his father’s helplessness on the backdrop of the period's historic events.

Portman is expected to play the role of the author’s mother, and will act in Hebrew.

In July, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund announced that it had allocated NIS 1.6 million toward funding the film – the highest amount it has ever pledged for a single movie. The American-Israeli venture is being produced by Ram Bergman, Alli shearmur and David Mandil.

Natalie Portman.Credit: AP
Natalie Portman arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California in this February 24, 2013 file photo.Credit: Reuters

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