Critically acclaimed and loved by audiences around the world, Massimo Troisi’s final film The Postman explores love, poetry and friendship in 1950s Italy.
On a tiny island off the Italian coast in 1953, shy fisherman’s son Mario (Troisi) pines from afar for the most beautiful woman in town, waitress Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta).
When Mario is given the job of delivering mail to the town’s new resident, exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret), he forges a friendship with the poet to learn the secret of his power over women. Through their friendship, Mario learns lessons on love, life and poetry, as Neruda helps the shy postman to woo Beatrice, and inspires him to see himself and his quiet fishing village in a new light.
Posthumously nominated for two Oscars, Massimo Troisi, who died on the day production wrapped, delivers a standout performance as the awkward Mario in this heartfelt and lyrical romantic comedy, based on true events and Antonio Skarmeta’s novel Burning Patience.
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL RADFORD
Born in 1946, Michael Radford is an Indian-born English film director and screenwriter, who began his career as a documentary director and television comedy writer before transitioning into features in the 1980s. He is best known for Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Merchant of Venice, and The Postman, for which he was awarded two BAFTAs.