Natalie Portman will be making her debut as a feature film director with her own adaptation of Amos Oz’s 2002 memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness” – and she plans to play his troubled mother.

The award-winning actress has just received a $400,000 grant from the Jerusalem Film Fund.

It’s not certain yet whether it will be filmed in Hebrew or English, according to Yoram Honig of the Jerusalem Film Fund. Portman,32, who was born in Jerusalem and moved to the U.S. as a young child, is fluent in Hebrew.

Oz’s outstanding memoir, an international bestseller, is set in Israel in the 1940s. One of my favorite scenes is when the Oz family gets dressed up for their regular outing to the local pharmacy to make a phone call to family members in Tel Aviv. The book also chronicles his teenage years on Kibbutz Hulda.

Filming is set for early 2014 in Jerusalem, but Portman will be heading to Israel before then to do the casting.

Oz’s latest book is due out in September, “Between Friends,” a collection of linked stories set on a fictional kibbutz in the late 1950s.