Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died today after a battle with cancer, his daughter announced. He was 79.
As is well known, Natalie adapted his novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness” in her first feature film as a director three years ago. She has paid tribute to his memory in this Instagram post:
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My heart is broken. Today we lost a soul, a mind, a heart, Amos Oz, who brought so much beauty, so much love, and a vision of peace to our lives. Please hold him in your hearts and read his gorgeous books. My most loving embrace to his family, which he loved extremely. Photo by @jasonkempin/@gettyentertainment.
A couple months back I finally caught Natalie Portman’s feature directorial (and writing) debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The fact that it’s taken me this long to post anything says that a) I’ve been busy and b) I don’t have much to say.
It’s a sincere and accomplished film that, to me at least, didn’t feel like it came from a first-time filmmaker. But like Natalie’s character, it feels somewhat removed and distant. I felt like an observer the whole time, never drawn into the story or characters.
Before Jackie’s intense promotional campaign began in September, Natalie did the same with her directorial debut four months ago. On August 19, she attended a special screening of A Tale of Love and Darkness at Sunshine Cinema in New York, and finally here we have the complete video of the later Q&A, with a great image quality and perfectly edited. Enjoy:
Natalie attended a screening of A Tale of Love and Darkness at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival yesterday, giving a nice surprise to Amos Oz, the author of the memoir on which the film is based. Here we have a photo of the moment, and a video from the facebook page of the festival:
The news about Natalie pile up, so here are a few as Tidbits.
–A Tale of Love and Darkness opens in Germany on November 3, and Spiegel Online has an interview with Natalie because of it. Unfortunately, the full article is for subscribers only, but we can enjoy a nice picture of her illustrating it:
They have been two intense weeks of ATOLAD promotion for Natalie. In that time we have seen many photos and videos of her public appearances … but if that was not enough, here are a couple more to complete it.
-Popcorn interview, with Peter Travers:
– Full Q&A at the Landmark theatre in LA:
Today, A Tale of Love and Darkness is expanded to 25 theaters across the USA. On that occasion, Natalie is making a second round of interviews, with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show yesterday, and a short interview on Fox 5 Beat this morning. Here is the video:
This has been an intense week in terms of news and public appearances in Natland… but here are a few more, as Tidbits 🙂
Earlier this week, new reviews of the film came out, and although it continued the lukewarm tone of last year, recent days have appeared some good ones that have made the movie percentage has risen in sites like Metacritic and Rotten. Here are some of the most positives:
-The New York Times:
Not one, but two were the events that Natalie attended yesterday to promote ATOLAD. She was at Aol Build in the morning, and afternoon was a conversation with Annette Insdorf on 92nd Street Y, not only on her directorial debut, but about her whole career. Hawtcelebs has the photos:
Natalie made another media appearance, this time for the Wall Street Journal Cafe, to promote ATOLAD. By now you might feel like you’ve heard enough about that project, so you might want to stick around for the end where Natalie talks about her non-involvement with Thor 3 (sounds pretty final), the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic and future directing projects.
Today was a great day to be a Natalie fan, certainly. After a couple of television appearances, here are a few pictures of the A Tale of Love and Darkness Premiere & After Party in New York.
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Edit: Premiere video added