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Directed by Natalie Portman

United States 2015 98 mins.

Based on Amos Oz’s acclaimed international bestseller, A Tale of Love and Darkness recounts the time Oz spent with his mother, Fania (Natalie Portman), at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and through the early years of the State of Israel. Struggling with raising her son in the foreign city of Jerusalem, and grappling with a married life filled with unfulfilled promises, Fania battles her inner demons and longs for a better world for her 10-year-old son Amos. As a nation is born around them, Amos must say good-bye to his mother before he is ready and come to terms with his own new beginning. “Portman has made a film with something serious and interesting to say about Israel, a nuanced portrait of the place that demonstrates a commitment to, and connection with, her home country. This is an assured, heartfelt debut.”—The Guardian. (Hebrew with English Subtitles)



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