WATCH: Natalie Portman Discusses Her New Film and Directing for the First Time

'It's been really challenging but I think that every challenge has helped me grow more and luckily I've had many people around me - my family.'

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Reuters - 'A Tale of Love and Darkness', is an adaptation of the novel by Israeli intellectual Amos Oz and recounts his childhood, his relationship with his parents and his first impressions of the conflict in Jerusalem. The film, which is all in Hebrew and also stars Israeli musician Gilad Kahana, received mostly favourable reviews. Portman not only directs and stars as Oz's mother Fania but she also wrote the screenplay.

"It's been a really incredibly experience," she said. "It's been really challenging but I think that every challenge has helped me grow more and luckily I've had many people around me - my family, my friends and my crew who helped me so much throughout that I felt so well supported that it was never an existential crisis during it."

Over the past twenty years, Portman has enjoyed a strong career as an actress appearing in films like 'V for Vendetta', 'Thor', 'Star Wars' and she won an Academy Award for her role in 'Black Swan'. 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' is screening out of competition at the Cannes film festival.