A Tale of Love and Darkness, Natalie Portman’s feature film directorial debut, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and proceeded to trickle down through the film festival circuit. Now with a U.S. release for August 19, 2016 from Focus World, a new trailer has debuted with English subtitles.
The film is an adaptation of the memoir of the same name from Amos Oz, an Israeli writer and journalist who lived in Jerusalem during the war between Israel and Palestine during the 1940s. Portman also plays his mother in the film who commits suicide, forever changing the boy’s life. Oz would grow up to support a two-state solution to the on-going conflict.
Watch the trailer below:
A Tale of Love and Darkness, for which Portman also wrote the screenplay and produced, features a cast including Shira Haas, Ohad Knoller, Makram Koury, Amir Tessler, and Gilad Kahana.
During an interview with Deadline, Portman said, “I think Amos Oz’s great attribute, what I love about him, is that he looks at nations as humans. When we start remembering its peoples’ experiences, then we can empathize with them.” She further stated in a press release that the film “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.”
Here’s the book synopsis from Amazon:
A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.