A special one-off screening of Burning Patience (Ardiente Paciencia, 1983). This rarely seen poetic gem was remade a decade later as the Oscar award-winning Il Postino (1994). Set in the Chilean coastal village of Isla Negra, it tells the story of Pablo Neruda’s friendship with his young postman, who asks his help in writing love poetry to win over the local innkeeper’s daughter. Set against the backcloth of Chile’s ‘road to socialism’ in the 1970s, the personal and the political intertwine in this tender, moving film.

The screening will be prefaced by an Introduction to Neruda by Gerald Martin (University of Pittsburgh) and Edwin Williamson (University of Oxford) and a selection of readings from Neruda by Julie Christie.

To book your free tickets, please call our Box Office on 024 7652 4524.

Our thanks to ZDF for the loan of the print.