Natalie Portman to direct first film in Israel

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Natalie Portman, most famed for her Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan, is to write, direct and star in a film adaptation of Amos Oz’s ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’.

The actress has reportedly finished writing the screenplay, and has now received funding from the Jerusalem Film Fund with plans to start shooting in January 2014.

The book tells the story of the author’s mother’s mental illness, and his father’s attempts to help her. Natalie Portman will play the mother.

It is still unknown whether the film will be in English as Portman is fluent in Hebrew and has acted in an Israeli short film (Amos Gitai’s Free Zone) before.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.