Natalie Portman

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It looks like Natalie Portman will be working both in front and behind the camera for an upcoming movie.

The Oscar winner has just received a grant from the Jersualem Film Fund to direct a film adaptation of Israeli writer Amos Oz's memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, the Jersusalem Post reports.

What's more, Portman will not only star in the film as Oz's troubled mother, but the Israeli-born actress will also pen the screenplay.

The story revolves around the author's mother's mental illness and his father's attempts to help her during the 1940s.

Filming in Jerusalem is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2014.

And while the project marks her first time directing a feature film, Portman is certainly no stranger to shouting "action."

She has helmed a couple of short films as well as a segment for 2009's New York, I Love You.

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