Following in the footsteps of the likes of Ryan Gosling and James Franco, actress-turned-director Natalie Portman is making a splash on the Croissette with the premiere of her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”
This tensely political period piece, based on the memoir of Amos Oz, explores the immense complications of the Israeli citizenry and history in relation to a potential two-state solution with Palestine. Portman also stars in the film, which premiered at Cannes late last week.
Such a solemn, serious and internationally-focused story might be a tough sell for some, and producer Ram Bergman said as much in a panel discussion at the American Pavilion, moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn. “The movie is an Israeli movie, which makes it already a harder sell in theory than American movies,” Bergman explained. “The flip side, of course, is that you have Natalie Portman!”
Watch an excerpt from the panel discussion above, in which Bergman also describes Natalie Portman as a creative partner and elaborates on the challenges of producing a story of such immense scope.