A Tale of Love and Darkness Trailers: Natalie Portman’s Haunting Directorial Debut Is About the Creation of the Israeli State

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Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, premiered at Cannes last year and was relatively well-received. Based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s 2002 autobiography of the same name, the Hebrew-language drama tells the story of the formation of the state of Israel in the late ‘40s through the eyes of a young boy and his mentally ill mother, played by Portman (who also wrote the film), in war-torn Jerusalem. The film has a U.S. release date set for August 19, and you can either watch the new trailer above or the international trailer below with or without English subtitles — not that the language barrier makes the film’s emotional gravity any less moving. You think Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer discussed the film at all? (Obviously.)

See the Trailers for Portman’s Directorial Debut