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The Postman

A Feature film by Michael Radford

Release in France : 26/04/1996

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Mario earns his living working on the family fishing boat. He dreams of other things, but there are not many alternatives in the 1950s in this fishing village tucked away on a beautiful Italian island. When a nearby village needs a postman, Mario jumps at the job. The only address he has to deliver to is the house of a new arrival, the famous exiled Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. As the months go by, the two men gradually get to know each other and Mario discovers a world he had never dreamed of.


"(...) "The Postman" also has poetry usually not a big seller on film. Still, the poetry is put in the mouth of the humble postman. In doing this, the film makers have made the poetry nonthreatening to mainstream audiences (...). And here, of course, the poetry is Neruda's, which can melt the most hardened heart.(...)"
(Dinitia Smith - New York Times)

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The Postman

Trailer (Italiano)


The Postman

Trailer (english)

Full credits (9)

Author of original work :

Antonio Skarmeta

Director of Photography :

Franco Di Giacomo

Press Attaché (film) :

Floriane Mathieu

Production Designer :

Lorenzo Baraldi

Costume designer :

Gianna Gissi

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Feature film

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Italy, France

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Minority French (Italy, France)

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1 h 40 min

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Festival Selections (2)

Academy Awards - 1996

Academy Awards (United States, 1996)

Selection (5)

Oscar Nomination in the Best Original Score for a Drama Film category : Luis Bacalov

Nomination for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay : Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi

Academy Award nomination for Best Director : Michael Radford

Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role : Massimo Troisi

Nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year


Academy Awards - 1996

Academy Awards (United States, 1996)


Oscar for Best Original Score for a Drama Film : Luis Bacalov