Fernando Meirelles: ?Blindness raises question, but doesn?t give answers?
The morning session at the International Film Festival of Catalonia saw the screening of Blindness, by director Fernando Meirelles. The movie, based on the acclaimed novel by the Portuguese Nobel laureate for Literature José Saramago, Blindness (1995), is competing in the Festival's Official Fantàstic Selection.
The film "explains a story full of moral dilemmas, more than the novel, where things are presented more in black and white. I tried to add more grays to the tale", Meirelles explained, and he added that "this is a story that will raise tons of questions, but that doesn't give concrete answers".
Blindness tells the story of the outbreak of a plague called white blindness that leaves its victims instantly blind. Because of the general paranoia, the sick are isolated in an abandoned mental sanitarium. But in the hospital there is a woman who can still see and that pretends to be blind so she can accompany her husband.
The movie, starring Julianne Moore, also includes interpretations by Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael García Bernal.