Wednesday, 30 April 2008

José Saramago - Fernando Meirelles: BLINDNESS

After working on the adaptation of John le Carré's The Constant Gardener, Fernando Meirelles who also directed City of God has a new adaptation in the form of Nobel-laureate José Saramago's Blindness. The book tells the story of a mass epidemic which causes blindness and its effect on the unnamed city for which it is centred. Saramago wrote a sequel to the story in 2004 titled Seeing which is set in the same country and has been translated to English. It revolves around a majority of the populace casting blank ballots and the government's efforts to come to terms with and eradicate the movement.

Here is the teaser trailer for Meirelles adaptation for Blindness:

Blindness will be opening the 2008 Cannes Festival on the 14 May.

Blindess (movie website-Miramax)
José Saramago Nobel lecture (
The Unexpected Fantasist - Saramago (New York Times)
José Saramago Wiki
Fernando Meirelles Wiki

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