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Natalie Portman has been acting since she was a child, making her feature film debut in 1994’s Léon: The Professional at the age of 13. She’s now making her feature directorial debut with her screen adaptation of author Amos Oz‘s memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness.

The story revolves around a young boy living in Jerusalem following the end of WWII. We see the formation of Israel through the boy’s eyes and his life with his family.

Portman wrote, directed, and stars in the film opposite child actor Amir Tessler.

The Israeli-American actress may be switching gears, stepping into new roles as director and writer, but we’d miss seeing her on the big screen. She takes on the role of Fania Oz, the daughter of author Amos Oz.

Her character helps tell the story in the below trailer, speaking in Hebrew with English subtitles:

Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and raised in the U.S., talked about the progression of the film, saying, “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,” reports

The film premiered at Cannes in 2015, but it was just acquired by American distributor Focus World. It’s predicted to release in the U.S. later this year.

What do you think of the first look? 


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By Brigid Brown