The Black Swan and V for Vendetta actress Natalie Portman has recently made her directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness which is a period film, but the Oscar-winner says it doesn’t have a political agenda despite the general assumption.
The film, adapted from an autobiographical novel by Amos Oz, premiered over the weekend. It charts the birth of the stage and a boy’s initiation into the realities of disappointment and death.
“I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of course, it happens at a crazy moment in history, which I think is a big sort of weight on their backs; it’s sort of a pressure cooker for the family, but there’s not really a political agenda behind it,” said Portman on being asked repeatedly about the significance of the backdrop.