Portman’s directorial debut in Israeli Film Festival

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 Natalie Portman’s ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ will be screened for free at the UP-Diliman’s Film Institute Cinema on June 9

Natalie Portman’s ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ will be screened for free at the UP-Diliman’s Film Institute Cinema on June 9

Another long-running cultural event in Manila is the Israeli Film Festival. Now on its 14th edition, it is themed “Romance in the Holy Land,” the cultural event features six films topped by the 2015 movie A Tale of Love and Darkness, the directorial feature debut of actress Natalie Portman.

“We are happy to bring the movie A Tale of Love and Darkness to the Philippines for the first time as part of the 14th Israeli Film Festival,” Deputy Chief of Mission Hadass Nisan said.

Portman directed and starred in A Tale of Love and Darkness, a drama film based on the autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz which took place in Jerusalem during the last years of mandatory Palestine and the first years of independent Israel. The Jerusalem-born Hollywood actress speaks Hebrew in the film.

“We are also bringing five love stories from Israel to the QCX inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, FDCP Cinematheques in Manila, Iloilo, Baguio and Davao, and nine universities in the country,” Nisan said.


It begins with The Band’s Visit about a band composed of eight men from the Egyptian police force goes to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab cultural center in Petah Tikva. But due to miscommunication, the band finds themselves lost in the wrong town in the middle of the desert.

Then there is Jellyfish that revolves around three women living in Tel Aviv. Batya, a waitress takes in a child apparently abandoned in a local beach; Keren, the bride who breaks her leg trying to escape from a locked toilet stall, ruining her chance for a honeymoon in the Caribbean; and Joy, a Filipina who does not speak any Hebrew, attended the event with her employer.

5 Hours from Paris is about an Israeli taxi driver with no aspirations is afraid of flying. A Russian immigrant who has given up her aspirations is about to fly away. What are the chances that they will end up together?

In a city where everything is possible, a guy and a girl are looking for the impossible—a parking place. These two strangers who met in a bar and who want to spend the night together but can’t find a parking place is the story of 2 Night.

Lastly, Restoration is set in one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods. There, 70-year-old Yaakov Fidelman holds on to his antique restoration workshop. After his business partner passes away, he rejects his son’s idea to close the business, believing that his new apprentice will find a way to save his workshop.

The Israeli Film Festival is presented by The Embassy of Israel in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

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