Natalie Portman is working TRIPLE time for her next project! It’s been announced that the award-winning actress has received a grant from the Jersualem Film Fund to direct a film adaptation of Israeli writer Amos Oz‘s memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Not only that! The actress will star in the film as Oz’s troubled mother, AND write the screenplay!
The Jerusalem Film Fund awarded grants totaling nearly NIS 6 million to 11 new projects, out of 114 that were submitted. The fund was founded in 2008 to support films that are set in Jerusalem.
A Tale of Love and Darkness revolves around the author’s mother’s mental illness and his father’s attempts to help her during the 1940s. Filming in Jersualem is scheduled tentatively for January 2014.
Though this is her first time taking the helm for a feature film, Natalie has directed before. She’s been behind the camera for a couple of short films, as well as a segment for 2009’s New York, I Love You.
Being that Natalie is Israeli-born, this story and film is sure to be close to her heart! I’m happy for her, and excited to see what she brings to the table!
What do you think of Natalie’s newest project?
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