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SEPTEMBER 6-9

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In 1983, 12 years before Michael Radford’s The Postman became one of the U.S.’s biggest foreign box-office hits, exiled Chilean writer Antonia Skarmeta made a film of his novel, Burning Patience. The two movies have a lot in common, as they should: Burning Patience is also the source of The Postman. This pairing presents first Radford’s version (Sept. 6 at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m.) and then the American premiere of Skarmeta’s (pictured, Sept. 9 at 6:30 & 8:45 p.m.). Both films are about a postman who seeks the counsel of poet Pablo Neruda in his quest to woo the local innkeeper’s daughter, but Radford’s film is set in ’50s Italy while Skarmeta’s explicitly addresses Pinochet-era Chile. Skarmeta will be on hand to introduce both screenings of his film. At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 828-4090. (Mark Jenkins)