Natalie Portman to Attend Beijing Film Festival

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Natalie Portman

The star will walk the event's opening ceremony red carpet, as well as attend a co-production forum and a special screening of her directorial debut, 'A Tale of Love and Darkness.'

Natalie Portman will be Hollywood's highest-profile attendee at the upcoming Beijing Film Festival next month.

The Chinese festival announced Tuesday that the star would attend its red-carpet opening ceremony on April 17. She will later participate in a forum on co-producing films in China and introduce a screening of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, at the China Film Archive.

Portman has had an avid following in China since her first appearance as an actress in Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional (1994), which enjoys cult status across much of Asia. Her Oscar-winning performance in 2010's Black Swan is also a fan favorite in China, although the film wasn't released there theatrically.

A Tale of Love and Darkness is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Israeli author Amos Oz. The film was shot in Jerusalem and is told entirely in Hebrew, with Portman both starring and directing. It premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Portman previously attended the Shanghai International Film Festival in 2014. She has regularly expressed interest in working with Chinese directors, but has yet to shoot in the country. The actress is currently shooting Jackie, a biopic about former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, directed by Pablo Larrain. 

The Beijing International Film Festival is set to run April 16-23. The event revealed Tuesday that Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore will also attend. Additional announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

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