A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS Promo Poster Offers a First Look at Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut [Updated]

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We’ve obtained a first look at the A Tale of Love and Darkness poster for Natalie Portman’s feature directorial debut, which also gives us our first peek at Portman in the film.  The actress wrote, directed, and stars in the adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir, which recounts the journalist’s childhood in 1940s Jerusalem during the early years after the establishment of the Israeli state.  Portman herself was born in Jersualem before emigrating to New York as a child, and she takes on the role of Oz’s mentally ill mother in the feature adaptation.  This promo poster shows Portman covered in rain, and while it’s unlikely that this will be the theatrical one-sheet, it’s certainly an intriguing peek at Portman’s first feature film as a director.

Hit the jump to take a look at the A Tale of Love and Darkness poster.  No word on when the independent feature will hit theaters. [Update: We've been asked by the studio to remove the unapproved artwork.]

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  • alk

    “writer and director” LOL

    • GrimReaper07

      where’s the funny part?

      • One of Nine

        Agreed, like that was some type of joke to harp upon. Smh

      • alk

        Some of the best jokes don’t need explaining, so I’m sorry if the funny part “went right over your head.”
        I’ll take this opportunity to expand on what I said: The only thing Natalie has written are midterm reports and her future annulment papers. Saying she is a “writer/director” at the top of the poster is strictly an advertising ploy…legitimacy on the other hand, no.

      • GrimReaper07

        Oh, the “joke” didn’t go over my head. Everyone understood it. It was pretty obvious and stupid. Many actors have moved from acting to directing very successfully. Portman is a great actress and has years of experience so I don’t get what’s ridiculous about her writing and directing her first film at age 33.

      • alk

        Some of the best jokes don’t need explaining, so I’m sorry if the funny part “went right over your head.”
        I’ll take this opportunity to expand on what I said: The only thing Natalie has written are midterm reports and her future annulment papers. Saying she is a “writer/director” at the top of the poster is strictly an advertising ploy…legitimacy on the other hand, no.

  • SorryNotSorry

    Looks heavy. Count me as interested.

    • Jeremy Flores

      There’s that word again. Heavy. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?

      • One of Nine

        What do you care? You still understood what the post was alluding to so why whine about a single word?

      • Norrtron

        It’s a joke, unbunch your panties.

      • IMPYEMU

        Really dude? Ever see Back to the Future?

  • Strong Enough

    why can’t actor stay actors.

    • scheebles

      Said Orson Welles, Rob & Carl Reiner, Elia Kazan, Olivier, Clint Eastwood, Albert Brooks, Jon Favreau, Harold Ramis, Sydney Pollack, Kenneth Brannaugh, Warren Beatty, Ernst Lubitsch, Charlie Chaplin, Ron Howard, Cassavettes, Terry Gilliam…

      • Mixed race rich kid NYC

        That should shut him up
        Like*

      • Strong Enough

        all HORRIBLE actors. no wonder they went to camera work.

      • scheebles

        Orson Welles is a horrible actor? Ever seen Citizen Kane? The Third Man? Chimes at Midnight? Carl Reiner is horrible? Kenneth Brannagh? Warren Beatty? Charlie Chaplin? Olivier? Cassavettes? Albert Brooks? You’re kidding right?

      • Strong Enough

        kenneth Brannagh is the worst! None of those who you named are in the elite of acting. of course they chose camera work! Daniel day lewis would never pick up a camera because he respects his craft. he wants to be among the greatest. marlon brando did it once and never again. Who givers a shit about albert brooks? really? lmao

      • scheebles

        Brannagh has been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. And Albert Brooks has been nominated for Best Actor as well. Not to mention you conveniently left out everyone else I listed. And because DDL hasn’t directed a movie that means that no true actors direct? Hyperbole. And if you think that Welles and Olivier and Chaplin aren’t elite then you live in a small world of film. And what about Attenborough?

      • Strong Enough

        So we are using oscars to judge work? Hitchcock never won an oscar. Peter o toole never won an oscar. gordon willis never won an oscar. none of the name you listed were top tier actors and yes actors who take their work seriously would dedicate their entire lives to the craft and not stagger off to direct. ben Affleck is a shitty actor therefore he directs, natalie portman isn’t on anyone’s greatest actors list and won’t be anytime soon so she’ll go to direct. Jolie, and on and on. Meryl streep never directed. actors stay in their lane to hone their skills. the people you mentioned had to do something or else their careers would be in the shitter in the future. tru story

        expect Welles. he’s a fucking supernova

        and i have never heard ANYONE say Brannagh was a great actor lmao

      • scheebles

        And Chaplin. Olivier. Keaton. Attenborough. Charles Laughton.

      • scheebles

        And you’re going back on your original post. You said actors should act only. Now you’re saying bad actors should direct because you got called out.

      • Strong Enough

        no i said that the actors who direct are shitty ones with no bright future. no actor should get behind a camera. but that goes to your definition of an actor. My definition is someone who takes their work VERY seriously and who would dedicate massive amount of hours and change their entire self for a role. who would study constantly and try to be the best. Bale, Lewis, Streep etc.

      • scheebles

        That’s such an elitist comment. There are so many kinds of actors. And directors. And writers.

        And Branagh was a RENOWNED actor. Sure, he’s fallen off. But watch Henry V and tell me he’s a horrible actor. Or his Iago in Othello. He took his craft VERY seriously on stage and off.

        Also. You ARE going back on what you said. You said actors should stay actors. Then you said that Olivier, Chaplin, Welles, etc were horrible actors. Blanket statement.

      • Strong Enough

        Nooo i didn’t. I BELIEVE actors should stay actors. But actors who are horrible are going to choose another lane too excel at. its because they suck at what they do. it’s true. then you find out who the real actors are and who aren’t from the actors who claim their actors but weren’t really actors to begin with but acting as actors. eh eh?

      • scheebles

        And it’s clear that you think that only method actors are “actors” because they will “devote” themselves and change the way they look for a role. You know who did that? “Shitty” Ben Affleck for Hollywoodland. You know who didn’t do that? Orson Welles who once said “give me a false nose and I’ll give you a performance.” It’s a style, it doesn’t mean they are the only “actors.”

      • Strong Enough

        I never said method actors are only actors. to immerse yourself in a role doesn’t really mean to become that person psychically but can mean a multitude of things for every actor. Phoenix in Her is a perfect example. he became the main character and i’m sure he wasn’t doing method.

      • scheebles

        Joaquin Phoenix is a method actor.

        It’s cool you like a style. But the fact that you only use films/actors from the last few years really speaks to the lack of depth of knowledge of acting. The fact that you said that Olivier and Chaplin and Cassavettes were horrible actors really speaks to that as well.

      • Strong Enough

        My depth? you called Kenneth a great actor. lmao. i learned all i need to know about your movie IQ from you buddy.

      • scheebles

        Pretty sure more people would agree that Brannagh was a good actor than would agree that Chaplin and Olivier and Cassavettes were “horrible”, so yeah, YOUR depth. Go ahead and question my movie IQ. I have a BA and MA in Cinema Studies and mentored under Orson Welles’ personal biographer.

        Seriously, have you seen Henry V? I’m legitimately asking.

      • Strong Enough

        Tarentino has no degree yet his knowledge of film is far superior than anyone, even you! So quit trying to throw paper around like it means something and stop trying to tell me Kenneth is a good actor. I’ve seen jack Ryan!

      • scheebles

        Tarrantino has no degree so therefor I know nothing about film. Know what that’s called? A fallacy. So because Tarrantino doesn’t have a degree then I can’t possibly know anything about film. That’s like saying since Tarrantino did coke, then any director who didn’t is not up to his level.

        And I said before, Brannagh has fallen off. But he was quite the actor. Once again tho, you use a film from a year ago as proof of your knowledge but haven’t answered my question about Henry V. I have to assume you haven’t seen it and therefor your opinion, which you have a right to, is based off an incomplete understanding of his body of work.

      • Strong Enough

        No one said you know nothing. but having a degree doesn’t impress me. I mean you typed it like I was supposed to marvel at it lol. And you keep typing Henry V like it’s the holy grail. so what he has one good movie? he still sucks ass. but we can agree to disagree i suppose. he’s a shitty director too. i guess he sucks at both things

      • scheebles

        Henry V, Hamlet, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Dead Again were all very well received. His career After his divorce however has been mostly disappointing. But he must just “suck ass” as you elegantly put it because he did Jack Ryan.

        But we can agree to disagree. I am curious tho if you’ve seen any of those films. Not in a taunting way, I’m really just curious. Because if you haven’t, then I can see why you’d think he was a shitty actor and director.

      • Strong Enough

        of course i have. i was never a huge fan of his. i’m glad to see there are some genuine cinephiles online like yourself scheebles. its rare but i’m glad i found one among the muck.

      • scheebles

        I do indeed love film, sir. And certainly his broad Shakespearian style is not for everyone. But then I see what Gibson does with Hamlet and I’ll gladly take the stage style any day of the week lol. It’s good to debate every once and awhile. Siskel and Ebert (tho we are definitely not those two) screamed at each other day and night and were best friends because of it. Respect.

      • Strong Enough

        respect

    • Vulcan

      Because they want to be more interested and involved in film making. And they want to tell stories that they are interested in.

      • Strong Enough

        ain’t happening natalie sorry

    • One of Nine

      At some point I would think acting becomes repetitive and in my opinion a bigger challenge is directing and putting together a film.

      • Strong Enough

        If you have that passion it never gets boring. ask daniel day lewis

      • scheebles

        Oh geez. Ask Daniel Day Lewis. And Streep. And Bale. What a one-note song you are. Can you name an “elite” actor besides them?

      • Strong Enough

        elite is used for a reason my lad. only a few in the club

      • scheebles

        The only few in the club are people who have won awards in the last ten years? You literally mention over and over three people who have won Oscars in the last decade. Lewis and Bale. The best actors of all time!

        No Chaplin or Tracy or Peck or Keaton or Robeson or Poiter or Nicholson or Hoffman or Hanks or Newman or Hopkins or Lemmon or Caine or Stewart or Duvall or Hackman or Guinness or Scott or Sellers or Fonda or Lancaster.

      • Strong Enough

        you can have whoever in the club you want. your kenneth can join too if he wants. but just in your club. not mine

      • scheebles

        I know. I should just include the last 15 years. Everything else was horrible!

      • Strong Enough

        do whatever you please sir

      • scheebles

        Daniel Day Lewis quit acting for five years. Because he was bored of it. Lmao.

      • Strong Enough

        of course all artists need the fire to be rekindled. but he wouldn’t do something drastic as change his career because the fire is still there burning inside of him like an STD

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  • Gallan

    Well if Angelina Jolie gets to make movies, Natalie Portman definitely should get to make movies too.

    • One of Nine

      AGREED

  • Polarboy

    Ballsy subject matter given the current crisis, will be interesting to see the reaction from this.

    • One of Nine

      All the Palestinians will cry about it most likely..

      • Polarboy

        Don’t mistake my comment for support for Israel if that is what you are doing. And I think the everyday average person in Gaza has vastly more important things to be worrying about.

    • Gelel

      Pro-israeli film made by israeli jew and funded by jews in hollywood, sounds like good economics.

      • Polarboy

        Well we can only hope that it is balanced, surely it’s obvious how bad a career move on Portman’s part it would be to make what could amount to propaganda.

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  • One of Nine

    Interesting… Always been a fan of Portman even through Star Wars.

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  • CaptainCarl

    A lot of people mocking Portman for just being a cute female actor who has no business making movies. Let’s not forget that Portman is an intelligent woman (bachelor’s in psychology from Harvard) who can actually act (two Golden Globes, Constellation award, Saturn award, Screen Actor’s Guild award, BAFTA, and Oscar) and has a rich background and personal life (speaks fluent Hebrew). Very interested to see what she comes up with.

    • Gallan

      Well at least she’s making a film about stuff she knows about and didn’t just read in books.

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