Natalie Portman in Israel directing her first film

Let the Natalie Portman Holy Land sightings begin.

The actress is in Israel right now, working on her adaptation of Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Haaretz reported Tuesday. The film, Portman’s directorial debut in which she is also starring, will begin shooting in Jerusalem in January.

No need to scan the Kotel crowd for her just yet, though. The Israeli-born actress is currently staying in a Tel Aviv hotel.

Jana Banin is the blogger for 6 Degrees No Bacon.