Natalie Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

Instead, she considers "A Tale of Love and Darkness," her screen adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz’s grimy, erotic and bitter-sweet work, a meditation on the shortfalls of national ideals in a land riven by the Palestinians’ rival claims.

Asked during the drama’s commercial premiere in Jerusalem on Thursday if the project was meant to be pro-Israeli, Portman told Reuters: "Absolutely not … I actually find it surprising to hear it described as a patriotic film because, for me, much of it has to do with the disappointment of the dream."

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Natalie-Portmans-directorial-debut-is-a-bitter-sweet-Israeli-homecoming-415205

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