Blindness (2009 - English)
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Internationally renowned filmmaker and Academy Award-nominee Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God) brings to life Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s exhilarating tale of humanity under siege by an uncanny epidemic.
Faced with a mysterious outbreak of blindness, governmental authorities quarantine the affected individuals in an abandoned mental hospital. As more patients arrive each day, the hospital cannot properly accommodate them, and systems begin to break down—food is scarce, toilets are backed up, and the dead lay unburied. The nightmare grows worse ...
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Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, the author of the novel upon which the film is based, wanted to attend the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. His doctors didn't allow him to travel, so the director flew to Lisbon to show him the film.
Producer Niv Fichman became interested in the project back in 1999 when he and Don McKellar, who would write the script, flew to the Canary Islands to talk to the Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago about giving them the film rights to his book. One of Saramago's conditions was that the film must not be set in any recognizable countries.
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