Natalie Portman presents award to Israeli author Amos Oz

Published May 6th, 2015 - 03:04 GMT


Natalie Portman sparkled as she turned out in LA to present an award to the subject of her first feature film as a director.

The Israeli-born actress honored Amos Oz, an author whose 2002 memoir A Tale Of Love And Darkness has been turned into a movie by Portman which will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

The 33-year-old Oscar winner wore her brunette hair scraped back into a low bun and showed off her perfect petite figure in a shiny short-sleeved mini dress.

She paired the chocolate patterned light reflecting dress with a matching clutch and some black strappy heels.

Portman stars in as well as directs the drama and also wrote the screenplay based on Oz's book.

Oz has written more than a dozen novels and numeruous works of nonfiction and is a well-known advocate of a two state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

The film recalls his childhood growing up in a war-torn Jerusalem, the effect of his mother's suicide when he was a teenager and his decision to move to a kibbutz  and become politically active.

The awards gala held in Beverly Hills celebrated the fifth anniversary of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

The center promotes the study of Israel as a modern Jewish and democratic state.

Portman, who has a son Aleph with husband Benjamin Millepied, has said in the past that her heart 'lies in Jerusalem.'

The Black Swan star has racked up a fair few air miles in the past week.

On April 29, she was in Beijing, China, for the launch of the Miss Dior exhibition there.

The actress, who divides her time between LA and Paris, where her husband works at the Paris Opera ballet, is the face of Dior.




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