121 minutes – Drama Release date: October 3, 2008 DVD release date: February 10, 2009 Distributor: Alliance Films
This Brazil-Canada-Japan coproduction was written by Don McKellar and based on the 1995 Nobel Prize-winning novel by Portuguese writer Jose Saramago. It tells the story of the inhabitants of a city that is suddenly struck with a strange plague, leaving up to 90 per cent of the population devastated by blindness. A small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine. Directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, the film was shot in Toronto in 2007 and then moved to Brazil in October. It was selected to open the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Niv Fichman Sari Friedland Andrea Barata Ribeiro Sonoko Sakai
Doctor’s Wife Doctor Girl with the dark glasses First blind man First blind man’s wife The thief The accountant Boy with a squint Old man with eye patch/Narrator King of Ward 3 Minister of Health Woman with insomnia Sergeant Woman of Ward 1 Pharmacist’s assistant Taxi driver The receptionist The hooligan Emissary of ward 2 Meek Inmate Woman of ward 2 Hoodlum The John / Engineer Police officer The hotel security guard Man of ward 3 Intern Concerned Pedestrian #1 Dead body Hotel maid Man of ward 3 Woman in ward 2