Natalie Portman to Direct A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS July 26, 2013 Actress adapting Amos Oz novel. Natalie Portman (‘Thor,’ ‘Black Swan’) is reportedly eyeing an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir ‘A Tale Of Love And Darkness’ for her feature directorial debut. First published in 2002, Oz’s tragic, comic, and utterly honest book tells of his childhood growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, and of his mother’s mental illness and his father’s attempts to help her. The Oscar-winning ‘Black Swan’ star, who was born in Jerusalem and carries dual American and Israeli citizenship, would be directing from her own screenplay. The plan is to shoot the film in Hewbrew. Filming is tentatively scheduled for January 2014, with Portman playing Oz’s mother. Portman will next be seen reprising her role as Thos’s love interest, Jane Foster, in ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ when it arrives in Irish cinemas in October.