Exactly halfway through A Tale of Love and Darkness, we witness a large Jewish crowd gathered in Jerusalem in 1947 as they listen to the United Nations vote to partition Palestine. Essentially, it’s a vote for the creation of the State of Israel. The alphabetical roll call is read: “Syria—No; Turkey—No; Ukraine—Yes; South Africa—Yes; Soviet Union—Yes; United Kingdom—Abstain; United States—Yes.” The resolution, of course, is passed.
In directing A Tale of Love and Darkness, it’s clear Natalie Portman isn’t afraid of broaching sensitive topics.
Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, centers on the conflict between Jews and Palestinian Arabs during the establishment of the State of Israel after World War II. Portman began work on the adaptation of Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel some 10 years ago in order to bring his story to life on the big screen. It premiered at Cannes back in May, and is appearing this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Natalie Portman is pretty busy. That’s what happens when an actress is set to play two icons (Jackie Kennedy and Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg) and bringing her first feature film as a director into public view.
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