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June 14
Natalie Portman stars in Amos Oz memoir

Our June film, A Tale of Love and Darkness, is an adaptation of a best-selling autobiographical memoir by the Israeli writer Amos Oz.

Set in the early years of the State of Israel, it stars Natalie Portman as Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her ten-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty—stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself.

We’ll see it on Thursday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Braunstein Community Room.

It’s in Hebrew with English subtitles. The producers wanted to make the film in English, but Natalie Portman, who directed the film, held the film rights, and wrote the screenplay, insisted on using the language of Oz’s book. It’s rated PG-13.

It also stars Amir Tessler as Amos Oz and Gilad Kahana as his father. The New York Times called it “an elegant and intimate movie, a thing of nostalgic whispers and sighs rather than polemical slogans and shouts. “