First Trailer for Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

     August 12, 2015


Since premiering at Cannes earlier this year, we haven’t heard much in the way of Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Despite the fact that there has yet to be a release date scheduled, we can now bring you the first look at the film in a new international trailer. Portman also adapted the screenplay from Amos Oz’s autobiographical novel which centers on the conflict between Israel and Palestine in the mid to late 1940s. Amir Tessler stars as a young Oz, whose parents Arieh (Gilad Kahana) and Fania (Portman) attempt to raise him in Jerusalem amidst rising tensions.

Hat tip to /Film for bringing this trailer to our attention. While I’ll unfortunately have to wait for an English translation or subtitle to fully grasp the footage, it’s pretty apparent that A Tale of Love and Darkness focuses on a family dealing with strife from their war-torn surroundings and the emotional toll that kind of environment takes. My compliments to Oscar-nominated cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down) for the film’s rich visual detail that’s on display in this first look.

Watch the international trailer for A Tale of Love and Darkness below. The official synopsis also follows but could be considered spoilery in that it reveals a big plot point that is not shown in the trailer:

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.


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