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B’nai Sholom to Screen “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman’s Film Adaptation of Israeli Author Amos Oz Memoir

B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany presents a screening of “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” a film by Natalie Portman based on the international bestseller by Israeli author Amos Oz of growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with his academic father and his dreamy, imaginative mother.

The film will be shown Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.  Refreshments available.  Suggested contribution: $5.

Academy Award-winning actress Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during Israel’s early years.  Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty – stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself.

“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is “the most revolutionary Jewish movie since ‘Schindler’s List,’” wrote Stephen Marche in Esquire.  A. O. Scott in The New York Times called it “an elegant and intimate movie.  Lovely and memorable.”

Released in 2015, “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is rated PG-13.  The 98-minute film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.  B’nai Sholom is presenting the film as part of a multipart commemoration of the life and brilliance of Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most prolific writers.

Film and image provided by Swank Motion Pictures Inc.

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