Blindness is brought to life by Oscar®-nominated director Fernando Meirelles from a screenplay by Tony Award-winning Don McKellar, based on the international best-selling book by Jose Saramago, and an ensemble cast that includes: Julianne Moore (“Far From Heaven”, ” The Hours), Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, Reservation Road), Danny Glover (Dreamgirls, The Color Purple), Gael García Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries, Y tu mamá también “), Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”, “City of God”), Yusuke Iseya (“Sukiyaki Western Django”, “Kakuto”), Yoshino Kimura (“Sukiyaki Western Django”, “Semishigure”), Don McKellar (“Monkey Warfare”, “Childstar”) and Maury Chaykin (“Where the Truth Lies”, “Being Julia”).
Blindness is produced by Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro and Sonoko Sakai. The executive producers are Gail Egan, Simon Channing Williams, Tom Yoda, Akira Ishii and Victor Loewy. Co-producers are Bel Berlinck and Sari Friedland.
The film is an unabashed exploration of human nature, both bad and good – people’s selfishness, opportunism and indifference, but also their capacity for empathy, love and sheer perseverance.
Blindness premiered as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2008 and also screened at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6, 2008.
In 1995, acclaimed author José Saramago published the novel Blindness, an apocalyptic fable about a plague of blindness that swept first a man, then a city, then the globe with devastating fury and speed. Although the story was about a stunning loss of vision, the book opened the reader’s eyes to a new and enlightening view of the world.
The book was hailed by critics as a classic in the making, a grand parable of our disaster-prone times and our metaphorical blindness to our sustaining connections to one another. It became an international bestseller and, along with a consummate collection of equally thought-provoking literature, led to Saramago receiving the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature.
As the novel quickly gained millions of fans around the world, many filmmakers became magnetically drawn to its intricately created world never before seen on screen. After all, how do you make a compellingly visual film that almost no one can see? It required a big vision, and one filmmaker who had such a vision from the start was Fernando Meirelles, then an aspiring Brazilian filmmaker with a passion for big, intense, all-enveloping cinema.
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