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Devotees of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s later work can debate whether Blue or White or Red is his most visually sumptuous work, but to me the most entrancing of all his meditations on interlocking human destinies is the film that preceded his tricolor trilogy, The Double Life of Veronique. This unapologetically metaphysical tale of two identical young women who are spiritually connected even though neither knows the other exists will be shown today as part of a program called “Exploring the Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski.” The film will be introduced by Columbia University Director of Undergraduate Film Studies Annette Insdorf, a noted European-film scholar, who will also lead a discussion after the screening. Make a case for your own favorite at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)