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Chilean director of 'Jackie' on Natalie Portman's portrayal of First Lady: It's 'mysterious, beautiful'

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A scene from the film "Jackie" starring Natalie Portman.
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It's an exciting time when you are a film director and a movie you've worked on for years is about to hit the theaters. But Director Pablo Larraín has two films coming out – about two weeks apart.

The first is Jackie. It's out this Friday and stars Natalie Portman playing Jaqueline Kennedy dealing with the tragedy of her husband's assassination. Jackie has gotten good early reviews - and it's on a lot of Oscar handicappers' short lists.

The second is called Neruda, and its about the iconic Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and stars Gael Garcia Bernal. That comes out on December 16.

Director Larraín said the timing of having two movies out nearly at the same time is exciting and demanding.

"It's not something that I really planned – it's something that I think would be insane to plan," said Larraín. "I'm very proud and happy, but I tell you, I wouldn't do it again."

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