In between screening for critics and premiering tomorrow at the Cannes Film Festival, Natalie Portman’s directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness” has dropped a visually striking first clip: The sneak peak finds Portman’s character reciting a fable, titled “Parable of Two Monkeys,” to her young son.
Based on Amos Oz’s novel of the same, “A Tale of Love and Darkness” recounts the author’s memories of growing up in Jerusalem with his academic father, Arieh, and his imaginative mother, Fania (Portman). While moving to Palestine from Europe in order to escape persecution, the terrors of war took its toll on the family, particularly Fania as she entertained her son with dreamy adventure stories to distract him from their bleak reality. The clip above shows just one of the many ways Fania used storytelling as means of escape, and Portman seems to capture the warmth of her character’s imagination with the golden hues of the desert-set fable.
“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is currently seeking U.S. distribution.