World Movies celebrates the career of Natalie Portman: actress, film producer and director.
Sunday 3 July 6.50pm (Australian Television Premiere)
A Tale Of Love and Darkness (Israel, 2015)
A story about the childhood of Oz in Jerusalem and his youth in the Kibbutz during the British Mandate and the first days of the state of Israel. His family were one of many who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and ‘40s to escape persecution. His mother, Fania, would make up stories of adventures to entertain her 10-year-old son Amos, causing him to become so enraptured that it would become an influence on his writing for the rest of his life.
Sunday 10 July 6.45pm
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (USA, 2009)
Natalie Portman stars in this frank, funny and heart-wrenching adaptation of Ayelet Waldman’s novel about life, loss and family. Emilia is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack, a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss – and married – when she started at his law firm. Life takes an unexpected turn when Jack and Emilia lose their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her new stepson William. Starring Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen, Lisa Kudrow and Charlie Tahan.
Sunday 17 July 6.15pm
Leon: The Professional (France, 1994)
Leon is a deadly killer who reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilde (Natalie Portman), a neighbour whose parents are killed. They go on the run, but Mathilde wants revenge, and Leon can teach her how to get it.