Blindness
Blindness Director: Fernando Meirelles


A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hording the meager food rations and committing horrific acts.

There is however one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Their voyage is fraught with danger, yet their survival and ultimate redemption reflect the tenacity and depth of the human spirit.

"Despite the extremes depicted onscreen, Meirelles's film is itself a thing of beauty, the whitewashed images providing a visual representation of the victims' experience. Imbued with the same allegorical force that made Meirelles's "City of God" and "The Constant Gardener" so powerful, this apocalyptic parable is also a completely original cinematic experience."

Michčle Maheux, Toronto Film Festival


Festivals and awards: Cannes (in competition), Sarajevo, Toronto, Helsinki
Links: Homepage, Trailer

Programme: 12 Selected Titles

Country: Canada, Brazil, Japan
Year: 2008
Length: 121
Language: English, Japanese
Producer: Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Sonoko Sakai
Screenplay: Don McKellar
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cinematography: César Charlone
Music: Marco Antonio Guirmaraes, Uakti
Editor: Daniel Rezende

Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga

Producer: Rhombus Media/O2 Films


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Fernando Meirelles

Fernando Meirelles (b. 1955, Sćo Paolo, Brazil) studied architecture and experimented with video during the 1980s. He established himself in television and founded O2 Films, one of the most successful in Brazil. He codirected "Crazy Boy" (1997) and "Maids" (PÖFF 2001). His third feature "City of God" (PÖFF 2004) was huge hit in the world earning Meirelles a nomination for Oscar for Best Director. BLINDNESS is his fourth feature film.

Maids (Teenijatüdrukud, PÖFF 2001), Cidade de Deus (2002, Jumala linn, PÖFF 2004), The Constant Gardener (Ustav aednik, 2005), Blindness (2008)


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