Concept : “New York, I Love You” follows the format of “Paris Je T’aime”, an anthology of short films shot by different directors with each story taking place in a different area of New York. Like “Paris Je T’aime”, the film will be a “valentine to the city”. Natalie is acting in one short while writing and directing another short. This will mark her debut as a writer and director.
US Release Date: 16 October 2009
Co-stars: Irfan Khan
Natalie’s Character: Rifka
Plot Summary: In the Diamond District, a young Hasidic bride (Natalie Portman) negotiates with a Jain man from India (Irrfan Khan) over a diamond purchase, each flirting with the other’s culture and finding surprising common ground.
Filming: Around NYC 12th-16th March 2008
Notes: – Natalie’s Hasidic co-star was forced to remove himself from the film as his community has very strict rules and acting in a film was considered to be a terrible thing. You can read all about it here.
– Was formerly believed to be titled, “Kosher Vegetarian”.
Stars: Carlos Acosta and Taylor Geare
Natalie’s Character: None, she’s only writing and directing this short.
Plot Summary: A father takes his daughter for a walk in the park.
Notes: – The producers wanted a professional actor but Natalie fought for Carlos Acosta.
– The young daughter was played by Taylor Geare, who would go on to play Natalie’s daughter in Brothers.
Running Time: 110 min
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Budget: $14.7 million
Gross: $1.6 million (domestic) and $6.5 million (worldwide)