Focus World has picked up the rights to Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which premiered at Cannes back in May of last year. Based on a memoir by Amos Oz, the film centers on young mother Fania Oz (Portman) as she raises the young Amos (Amir
Tessler) during the turbulent birth of Israel. Oz’s own mother
committed suicide when he was just 12 years old, and the film intimately chronicles her
descent into depression.
Of the news, Portman told The Hollywood Reporter, “‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ has been my passion for almost a
decade now since I read Amos Oz’s masterful book and knew I wanted to
adapt it into a film. I’m so proud, and feel so lucky,
that the film we made will be distributed by Focus World. It is a great
honor to have their brand of thoughtful distribution delivering the film
into the world.”
Portman first optioned the rights to the book more than eight years ago.
The Israeli-born actress then met with the 76-year-old writer and adapted the
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The film was sold by CAA and will be launched as a foreign-language
contender for next year’s Oscars. Focus World will open the movie in a platform
theatrical release later this year.