Natalie Portman: Makes debut as a director
On Tuesday actress Natalie Portman presented her debut as a director at the Venice film festival. She has made a short movie about a young woman who is dragged along to her grandmother's romantic date.
Details about Natalie Portman have been inferred from multiple sources. Eve, screening out of competition in the Venice short film section, stars Hollywood film personalities called Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara as the witty grandmother and the widower who takes her out for dinner. In the beginning the movie has received positive response from crititcs.
Twenty seven year old Natalie Portman commented that she always had a fascination for the older generation, and also used to draw inspiration for Bacall's character from her own grandmother.
"The film was definitely inspired by personal experience and also all my friends, female friends, starting to define themselves in relation, and in reaction to, their mothers and their grandmothers." This Oscar-nominated actress has released the statement during a news conference.
Having started her acting career as a child, she said that she had long wanted to be on the other side of the camera and will present a second short work at the Toronto film festival that starts later this week.
"We have so much time off between films as actors that you tend to get restless and you want a creative outlet, and there is not always acting work that fulfils that need," added Natalie Portman.
She further said, "I have been working now in films for 16 years...it was exciting to know what a director goes through and also to create something completely on your own.” "When you are an actor of course you are creating something but you are serving someone else's vision and ultimately it's someone else's creation. To have authorship is ... and feels like a more adult job.”
Natalie Portman further continued that getting Bacall on board was like fulfilling her "wildest dream". "It's so exciting to see someone with that much experience and that much wisdom on screen. It's rare."
Natalie Portman, who has risen to fame as a teenager befriending a professional killer in Luc Besson's 1990s hit Leon, has featured as Padme in the second Star Wars trilogy and also got an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in Closer.