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Netflix to Produce Film Based on ‘The Postman (Ardiente Paciencia)’ the Renowned Novel of Antonio Skármeta

Netflix to Produce Film Based on ‘The Postman (Ardiente Paciencia)’ the Renowned Novel of Antonio Skármeta

Netflix has announced the new film The Postman (Ardiente Paciencia) based on the renowned novel by acclaimed Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta with award-winning producers Juan de Dios and Pablo Larraín at the helm.

Written by Guillermo Calderón, renowned screenwriter, playwright, actor, and director (Violeta se fue a los cielosEl clubNeva), the film will be directed by actor and director Boris Quercia (Los 80Sexo con amorGeografía del deseo).

The Postman (Ardiente Paciencia) is a love story of a young fisherman who dreams of becoming a poet, and who, upon becoming Pablo Neruda’s postman, becomes involved in a world of metaphor and verse to achieve not only his desire as a writer but also to win Beatriz, the woman of his dreams. 

“It is a huge challenge to revisit Skármeta’s work, and Neruda’s poetry, confronted with new social and cultural paradigms. But above all, this film explores the dizzying heights of first love where everything you look at becomes poetry,” shared Quercia.  

Rocio Jadue, regional film director at Fabula, adds, “The biggest challenge, and what we are so excited about, is how we will bring this novel from 1985 into dialog with life as it is today. Thirty-six years have passed and we have to adapt to this passage of time. We know and trust that with Guillermo and Boris’s talent, added to the experience of the Fabula and Netflix team, we will be able to make a great contemporary love story, while remaining faithful to Skármeta’s work.” 

Fabula, which has been behind such prestigious films as Una mujer fantásticaGloriaNoJackieNadie sabe que estoy aquí, among many others, and is currently in post-production of the first Netflix series in Chile, 42 días en la oscuridad, will be putting out a massive casting call soon.

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“We are proud to develop the film adaptation of this extraordinary novel by Antonio Skármeta. We want to continue telling Latin American stories, telling stories that celebrate our countries’ culture and local icons, as The Postman does with the character of Pablo Neruda, and to be able to continue working with Chilean talent to bring their stories to viewers around the world,” said Francisco Ramos, VP of Content for Latin America.

The project begins production next year in Chile.

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