Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, centers on the conflict between Jews and Palestinian Arabs during the establishment of the State of Israel after World War II. Portman began work on the adaptation of Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel some 10 years ago in order to bring his story to life on the big screen. It premiered at Cannes back in May, and is appearing this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“It’s essentially an immigrant story,” Portman said during an interview at the People, InStyle, and Entertainment Weekly photo studio at TIFF. “Moving to a place that you’ve idealized from afar, and when you get there, idealizing the place where you came from, which is quite a universal immigrant experience.”
Portman called the experience of stepping behind the camera “meaningful,” as now she understands more of what a director looks for — from what to leave on the cutting room floor, to realizing her vision for the project.
For more on the film, check out Portman’s full interview above, as well as the Hebrew-language trailer below.