Natalie Portman’s “Knight of Cups” premiered at the Berlin Film festival. The young Academy Award winning actress wowed people on the red carpet there and dished on what it was like to work with the legendary director Terrance Malik.
“Knight of Cups” tells the story of a screenwriter living in Los Angeles who tries to make sense of the strange events occurring around him.
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On Malik Portman told the Hollywood Reporter, “I had the great honor of working with Terry a few years ago, and when I saw the film, I told Jack I’d love to share this with him. [Malick’s] generosity with fostering young talents is unparalleled, and he said he loved the film and would do whatever he could to help it.”
The 33 year old stunned onlookers on the red carpet when she joined her co-star Christian Bale at the film’s premiere wearing a sleeveless black dress with matching black bag.
Bale, who plays the writer Rick in the movie, told Variety about the director, “The nice and very interesting thing in Terry’s approach was that he didn’t tell us what [the film] was about. He really just gave me the character description; we worked on the character a great deal, talking about the backstory and who he was. And then he would… he liked to call it ‘torpedoing’ us with different actors and non-actors throughout production, and just get a very real response based on knowledge of the character.”
One of the film’s producers Sarah Green said, “All the planning and organization that one might normally do does not actually serve his style. We look like a student film: a couple of vans and people running around. So we are very much in the moment, to capture what might happen. It takes a lot of trust, and looseness, and openness.”
Portman was also in Berlin to promote the new documentary which she produced called “The Seventh Fire” about problems faced by Native Americans in the US.
On that movie she told THR, “They’re [Native Americans] very close to their traditions, and clearly when that’s lost people try to find something to replace it. Obviously, the process…and the imposition of other values onto indigenous communities has separated people from that culture and that has an extraordinarily destructive effect.”
Portman’s directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness, ” about the Israeli writer Amos Oz is also due out this year.