It might be more of a film program than an actual festival, but the Natalie Portman Filmfest scheduled for today in Ann Arbor, Mich., actually offers a fairly representative snapshot of the actress' career.
Although the three movies scheduled—The Professional, The Other Boleyn
Girl and V for Vendetta—are not necessarily considered her best work,
they do capture her at major points in her career. The
Professional, from 1994, is her breakout film, and V for Vendetta
arrived at the height of her post-collegiate return to major-budget
Hollywood filmmaking. The Other Boleyn Girl didn’t find much traction
with critics or audiences, but it reflects the kind of movie star
Portman has become: casually selective without particular regard for the
commercial imperatives of most young actresses.
This being Ann Arbor, the festival will be held at a place called the
Body-Mind-Spirit Wellness Center and hosted by Curtis Glatter, a
composer and percussionist. Portman's political activism will doubtless be on the table as well. A $5 donation is welcomed for the event,
which kicks off at 4 p.m.
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