Director Fernando Meirelles' Brings Blindness
by Alex Billington
September 13, 2006
Director/screenwriter Fernando Meirelles' next project is an adaptation of the book "Blindness" written by Portuguese Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago (source via Variety). "Blindness" is a philosophical thriller about an epidemic of blindness that overtakes a modern unnamed city. The epidemic eventually forces society to the brink of breakdown. Meirelles will begin filming next summer in his hometown of Sao Paolo, and additionally in Toronto, under a $25 million budget. Meirelles will only direct; the script is being written by Canadian Don McKellar.
As I hope many others out there agree, Meirelles created a masterpiece with City of God. And although The Constant Gardener, his "next" film released last year, received some positive reviews, for the most part it was overshadowed by the excellence of City of God. That's the problem with Meirelles work; although he is very capable, everyone compares everything he makes to City of God. And it's such an immeasurable comparison to any other films that it just doesn't allow his newer ones to be critiqued for what they are. Blindness sounds like an interesting twist on the typical films that Meirelles makes showing real life, and rather a bit of a thriller. And this time around I hope everyone won't harshly compare it against City of God and will look at it in its own light.
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'Blindness' gala screening + Q&A with Fernando Meirelles Internationally acclaimed director Fernando Meirelles ('City of God' and 'Constant Gardner') is set to present a special gala screening of his latest and hotly anticipated film 'Blindness' in aid of Action for Brazil's Children Trust. This is the first time members of the public in the UK will get the opportunity to see 'Blindness' and a month before general release. The audience will also be treated to a Q&A with Fernando after the screening. Friday 31st October 2008 at Apollo Cinemas Piccadilly Circus from 6.30pm. Tickets are £25 per person, incl: complimentary drink before the screening, introduction by Fernando Meirelles, film screening, Q&A with Fernando Meirelles. All proceeds will go to ABC Trust Tickets are available NOW via Apollo Box Office: 0871 220 6000, or online http://www.apollocinemas.co.uk Or at the venue: Apollo Cinemas Piccadilly Circus, 19 Regents Street, London, SW1Y 4LR If you cannot attend please spread the word, or for more information please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC Trust on Oct 16, 2008
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