Natalie Portman’s Directorial Debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Sells to Focus World

The Hebrew-language film, which debuted at Cannes last year, is based on a memoir by Amos Oz

Focus World has acquired U.S. rights Natalie Portman‘s feature directorial debut “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” it was announced Monday.

Based on a memoir by Israeli writer Amos Oz, the film follows a young mother (Portman) struggling with depression as she raises her son (Amir Tessler) against the backdrop of the birth of Israel.

The Hebrew-language film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May and will receive a platform theatrical release later this year. Focus World hopes the film will compete for the foreign language Oscar next year.

Portman adapted the book herself and the film was produced by Ram Bergman and David Mandil.

CAA negotiated the deal.