Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut: ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

She's an actor, a producer, and now she's trying her hand at directing. Natalie Portman's new movie, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," is based on an autobiographical novel by Amos Oz set in the last years of Mandatory Palestine and the first years of independent Israel. We sat down with Portman to talk about what it was like directing herself.


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You've been in front of the camera since you were a little girl, what was it like growing up in front of the cameras?
It was really fun getting to grow up on film sets, I felt like everyone really protected me and kept it sorta a playful environment and it was nice because it was like sorta an informal film school where I got to learn so much without consciously learning or studying. I was just kind of absorbing everything from my environment.

What made you want to make "A Tale of Love and Darkness?"
When I read the book of "A Tale of Love and Darkness" by Amos Oz, I immediately saw the film in front of my eyes and I also connected so much to the story of this mother and son and also this very unusual moment in history when all of these refugees and immigrants came from all over the world to create a new country together.

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You've been directed by many great directors and this time you were directing yourself, so which do you prefer?
I love, as an actor, getting to interact with my director and having a sorta relationship but it definitely gave me great skills to be directing myself because I had to be able to look at myself more gently than I normally do. I think I'm overly critical and I had to be constructively critical.

Is directing something you want to do more of in the future?
I would love to direct more, I love acting still too and I've been doing just acting but I would love to direct more. There are more stories I want to tell.

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