Portman debuts as director at Cannes
The film, adapted from an autobiographical novel by Amos Oz, premiered over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. It charts the birth of the state 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 in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday.
“[Amos] Oz became one of Israel’s leading peace advocates, so it’s not the most controversial, I suppose, of political aspects to the film.’’
The Israeli-born Portman also wrote the screenplay and stars in the Hebrew-language feature as the boy’s mother Fania, a cultured and imaginative woman whose dreams can’t withstand grinding everyday reality. AP