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Natalie Portman Receives Complaints For Filming in Ultra-Orthodox Area of Jerusalem

The Israeli actress is currently shooting her directorial debut

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: February 13th, 2014 in Culture » Film » News

For Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, the Israeli-born actress decided to shoot in her native homeland. While the country welcomed her home with open arms, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, Nahlaot, is far from pleased.

According to the Times of Israel, the community sent a letter of complaint to the municipality expressing their concerns about Portman’s choice to shoot her adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ in their neighborhood.

“The film shooting is set to take place on several sensitive streets close to synagogues and yeshivas, and the scenes being filmed should have been examined first to make sure they don’t offend anybody’s sensitivities,” the letter read.

The municipality responded almost immediately, promising the community that all actors will dress modestly while filming, and that scenes will not offend.

‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ tells the true story of Amos Oz’s childhood struggle with a mentally ill mother and his father’s attempts to help her during the 1940’s.

Portman is not only directing, but also starring as Oz’s ailing mother.

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