Almost a month ago, Collider reported that Natalie was in negotiations to direct her second feature film. Well, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirm today that she has closed a deal to direct and star in the biopic about the Friedman twins.
No start date has been set for the production. Natalie made her directorial debut with the 2015 drama “A Tale of Love and Darkness.
According to Collider, Natalie is nearing a deal to direct an untitled film about Esther and Pauline Friedman, identical twin sisters who are better known as the writers behind the syndicated Ann Landers and Dear Abby advice columns, and she also plans to tackle both roles:
If this project is confirmed, it would be the second film as director of Natalie, after “A Tale of Love and Darkness”.
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. Read More
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.
No word yet on when the U.S. will get a chance to see Natalie’s feature directing and writing debut, A Tale Of Love And Darkness, but it looks like Finland has lucked out and will be trudging through the snow to enjoy the film on December 11. A warm and gentle new poster has arrived for the release. Thanks to Belerofonte.
As expected, Natalie is in Poland this weekend for the Film Spring Open. She was invited by her cinematographer on ATOLAD, Slawomir Idziak, and you can see the them together by clicking the thumb below and going to the Daily Mail where they have many more photos.
Here is another great photo from inside the auditorium.
It wouldn’t be the weekend without tidbits…okay, that’s patently false but let’s just run with that anyway.
– Natalie may be attending the Krakow Film Spring Open this weekend, after being invited by her ATOLAD cinematographer, Slawomir Idziak. Slawomir says that Natalie won’t be doing press but will be giving a talk about the film.
– The Playlist have ranked all the characters from Wes Anderson films and Natalie’s Hotel Chevalier character lands at number #58.
The short that accompanies “The Darjeeling Limited” is probably a better film than the undisciplined main feature, not least because of this unusually sexy and explicit turn from Portman as Jack’s (Schwartzman) mysteriously bruised, enigmatic but soulful on/off girlfriend.
– Planetarium continues filming and Belerfonte found this Instagram shot, which doesn’t have Natalie but gives you a sense of the period style that the film will have.
– Finally, the best of news of all, Rachel should be returning next week and will hopefully make sense of all the new albums that we’ve had over the past month.
Natalie attending the premiere of her feature directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness at TIFF last night. She wore Lanvin and I’ve set up a temp album for you guys to browse. Thanks to Belerofonte.
Argh, struggling to keep up with Rachel AWOL and work stacking up, so let’s do a post that merges a bunch of items that could very well have made up their own posts.
– First up, Natalie was snapped filming a new Dior video in Paris on Tuesday. Based on this photo alone, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this will be the best commercial ever made.
– From Paris Natalie will of course be heading to TIFF in Toronto and it sounds like as soon as TIFF is over she will be straight back to Paris to film Planetarium (‘Le Soeurs Barlow’) for Rebecca Zlotowski. According to the casting call, the film will shoot from mid-September through to mid-November.
– Finally, moon-walking back to the TIFF mention where Natalie will be premiering A Tale of Love and Darkness, a new review for the film has arrived from The Jerusalem Post and it’s incredibly positive. They call the film “triumphant” and claim that Natalie gives her best ever performance.
Let’s kick off the week with a few A Tale of Love and Darkness news items.
– Tablet have a really nice write up of the film’s premiere in Jerusalem and woven in is a review of sorts – a rather positive one at that. Here’s hoping that when it plays at TIFF the reactions are a bit less neutral than those that came out of Cannes.
Though A Tale of Love and Darkness received mixed reviews when it was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it’s an ambitious undertaking on Portman’s part, and the result is often quite beautiful.
– Here are a couple Instagram photos from within the theatre. Click here and here.
– And finally, a new photo of Natalie and Amos Oz on the set of the film. This was tweeted by Oz’s daughter, Fania.
Two interviews have emerged from Natalie’s appearance in Israel for the premiere of A Tale of Love and Darkness and she gives some very thoughtful answers about both the film and Israel in the combined 8 minutes. Thanks to Iktriad.
Natalie’s writing and directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, had its big premiere in Jerusalem last night. Sporting a rather uncomfortable looking “Love” necklace, she met Israeli president, Shimon Peres, and posed with the cast for a photocall. Click the image below to view more from The Daily Mail.
As we thought, with Natalie already heading to the Toronto International Film Festival it was always likely there might be another reason to attend. Confirmation arrived today that her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, will screen at the festival.
A poster for the Hebrew version has also arrived, along with news that the film will open in Israel in October.
Natalie is on the cover of The Guardian for an interview piece out of Cannes. Thankfully the online version is already up and can be viewed here.
It’s clear that Portman, with her record of support for a range of impeccably liberal causes (from poverty to animal rights to, um, vegan shoes), has the best of intentions; Israel’s rightward march in recent years seems as much to her distaste as anyone else’s. “You look at your country and it’s not what you want it to be,” she says. “It’s not what you wish it could be. But of course we have to strive for what could be, but also live with what exists, and what is, and be pragmatic.
Okay, let’s try and chip away at some of the outstanding Natalie content.
This Deadline interview has some great insight into TOLAD, Natalie admitting that she’s got a very busy period of acting coming up, and this interesting quote about producing.
It’s more about being able to create things for myself. It’s complicated when you’re just an actor, you’re subject to waiting for something good and for someone interesting to offer you something interesting. I’ve worked long enough to know there are certain waves and periods you don’t have the opportunities you’d like to so it really was born out of that. I am hoping to create things I’d be interested in, and makes me less passive in the process. I don’t believe my job as producer is to control. I have strong beliefs in the authority and leadership of the director. I really believe in the importance of that hierarchy.
This Variety interview has some talk of her new projects (Planetarium is up first and will be, at least in part, in French) and talk of the directors who helped her along the way.
Darren Aronofsky was great about reminding me to remember my reason for making it throughout the entire process, which was really helpful to always have the voice I had [from the beginning]. Terry Malick was very supportive, reminding me not to listen to anyone who was trying to make it more conventional. He said, “Don’t listen to people who tell you to have a three-act structure.” And Mike Nichols was very supportive. I had my dream team of people I was calling and asking for help.