Based on Amos Oz’s memoir of the same name, “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is Natalie Portman’s feature directorial debut and centers around a young mother Fania Oz (Portman) as she raises her son Amos (Amir Tessler) during the turbulent birth of Israel.
The film chronicles their relationship as the world around them is in turmoil. After moving to Palestine from Europe to escape persecution, Fania entertains her son with hopeful adventure stories to distract him from their harsh reality. Gilad Kahana, Makram Khoury, Neta Riskin and Shira Haas also co-star.
The drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and was later acquired by Focus World. Portman, who wrote the script, optioned the rights to the book more than eight years ago and insisted that the adaptation remain in Hebrew. This is the first feature where the Jerusalem-born actress speaks in the foreign-language. To prepare for her role she worked diligently to remove all traces of her American accent.
The latest trailer features English subtitles and shows the striking cinematography from DP Slawomir Idzia. Check it out below.
“A Tale of Love and Darkness” will arrive in theaters on August 19.