A Tale Of Love And Darkness (2016)

 ●  Hebrew ● 1 hr 35 mins

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A renowned writer, reminisces about his childhood in Jerusalem, during the 1940s, highlighting how the tumultuous times, and his mother's stories and poetry readings had a deep impact upon his life and his writing.
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Cast: Amir Tessler, Natalie Portman

Crew: Natalie Portman (Director), Slawomir Idziak (Director of Photography), Nicholas Britell (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Family, History, Biography

Release Dates: 13 Oct 2016 (Singapore)

Tagline: To dream is to live

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as Amos Oz
as Fania Oz
as Young Sonia
as Awad
as Old Amos
as Singer at the Market
as Yoni
as Lilenka
as Sonia
as Pharmacy Customer
as Neighbor
as Pharmacist
as Grandma Klausner
as Arieh's Lawyer
as Anton
as Lolik
as Staszek Rudnicki
as Arieh Oz
as Woman at Party
as Woman at Party
as Fania's Doctor
as Colonel Jan
as Bus Rider
as Grandpa Klausner
as Grandma Mussman
as School Teacher
as Ration Line Woman
as Woman at Party
as Halawani
as Pharmacy Customer
as Old Amos
as Zerta Abramski
as Yiung Haya
as Ration Line Woman
as Neighbor
Supporting Actor
as Mother
as Israel Zarchi
as Garibaldi
as Boy
as School Boy
as Tsvi
as Piri
as Aisha
as Waiter
Supporting Actress
as Zerta Abramski
as The Pioneer
as Steletsky
as Operator
as Mr. Licht
as Bus Rider
as Neighbor
as Kibbutz Teacher
as Teenage Amos
as School Boy
as Young Fania
as Ira Steletsky
as Radio Announcer


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Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Steadicam Operator
Camera Operator


Music Director
Music Label
Music Coordinator


Sound Effects Editor
Foley Editor
Boom Operator


Production Designer


Casting Director


First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

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Post Production Supervisor
Post Production Facility

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Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Director


Special Thanks

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Studio
Visual Effects Artist
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ARRI ALEXA M, Blackmagic Cinema Camera
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To dream is to live
It took Natalie Portman eight years to write the script and find funding, during which time she insisted that the adaptation remain in Hebrew

Portman recruited designer Alber Elbaz to design the costumes she wore in the film

In order to play the role of Amos Oz's mother, an immigrant from Eastern Europe, Portman took considerable efforts to remove all traces of an American accent from her Hebrew

It is the first film in which Portman speaks Hebrew

The producers wanted the adaptation to be filmed in English but Natalie Portman fought for it to remain in Hebrew, like the book

Director Natalie Portman optioned the rights to the book in 2007 after talking with author Amos Oz and his wife over tea

Designer Alber Elbaz had designed all of the clothes which Natalie Portman sports in the film

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem to a Jewish family

'A Tale of Love and Darkness' is Natalie Portman's directorial debut