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Natalie Portman to make directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness

Natalie Portman in Black Swan

Story by Jack Foley

NATALIE Portman is to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness.

According to The Guardian, the Oscar-winning Black Swan star will fly to Israel in September to begin work on the project.

In book form, i>A Tale of Love and Darkness has been translated into 28 languages and has sold more than a million copies world-wide.

The memoir chronicles Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem amid the chaotic period at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine, as well as his experiences of the early years of the state of Israel. It concludes during his teenage years on a kibbutz.

Although Portman has yet to make any official comment on the project herself, Oz broke the news of Portman’s involvement to Reuters News Agency when he also revealed that he is helping with the screenplay.

According to his comments, Portman is due in Israel in September to commence pre-production ahead of a January 2014 shoot.

The actress is also expected to take a role in the film, as Oz’s mother.

Oz himself said that he had agreed to sell the rights to his book to Portman because of “my high esteem for her work”.

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