Natalie Portman: Hard at Work on “A Tale of Love and Darkeness” in Israel
Testing the waters from the director’s chair, Natalie Portman was busy on the set of “A Tale of Love and Darkness” in Jerusalem, Israel on Thursday (February 13).
The “Garden State” gal seemed to be in good spirits as she set up a scene despite the recent controversy over the project.
Apparently the residents of Jerusalem’s Nahlaot district are concerned with Portman’s presence and they wrote a letter to deputy mayor Rachel Azaria in protest.
The letter states, "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."
In response, the deputy mayor declared, "There is a constant tension between the desire to celebrate diverse and interesting Jerusalem and the attempts by extremist groups to prevent this. The attraction of the city, its unique architecture and the efforts of the film and television industry will triumph and the cinematic growth we've seen in Jerusalem in recent years will continue to flourish with Natalie Portman in Nahlaot."