August 13, 2008 03:50 PM

Actress Natalie Portman has already showcased her talents as a gangsta rapper on Saturday Night Live, and a brainiac, graduating from Harvard with a degree in psychology. So what’s next on her to-do list? Directing.

Portman will make her directorial debut when her short film Eve opens at the Venice International Film Festival in its short-film sidebar on Sept. 1.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Portman’s 17-minute film, which stars veteran actors Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara, is being described by festival organizers as “a civilized comedy.”

The movie isn’t the actress’s first brush with short films or with film festivals. Last year, Portman, 27, performed her first nude scene in the Hotel Chevalier, a short film that was a prequel to The Darjeeling Limited, and this past May she served as the youngest jury member at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Portman, who is scheduled to attend the Venice festival with her film, won’t have to worry about the jury this time out: Eve will be screening in an out-of-competition slot.

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