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OPENS NOV. 12
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Sept. 11 has a different resonance in Chile: That’s the day in 1973 when a CIA-backed coup overthrew the leftist government of Salvador Allende, leading to Pinochet’s 26-year dictatorship. This survey of Chilean cinema opens with two films set in the country’s capital in the 1960s, Valparaíso, Mi Amor and …A Valparaíso (both at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12) but quickly turns to the events of ’73 and related topics. (Coronación, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, is pictured.) Palomita Blanca (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13) is a class-conflict satire that director Raúl Ruiz was editing when the coup interrupted him; it didn’t debut in Chile until 20 years later. The series also includes Salvador Allende (at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19), a 2004 documentary about the deposed president, which will be introduced by director Patricio Guzmán, and several related dramas: The Borderland (at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10) is about a Pinochet opponent who’s exiled to a small fishing village, where he finds a new life; Amnesia (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11) observes two soldiers who can’t forget the atrocities they were forced to commit under Pinochet; and Machuca (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31) is the wrenching tale of an upper-crust boy whose growing friendship with a slum kid is interrupted by the coup. For a break from politics, there’s The Sentimental Teaser (at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18), a box-office smash about a love-and-sex radio call-in show. The series opens Saturday, Nov. 12, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 31 (see Showtimes for a weekly schedule), at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)