In his indieWIRE item, Eugene Hernandez says that Blindness has been shooting locally in Toronto before moving to Brazil. He reports Miramax's description, which adds a positive phrase to the otherwise dire premise: "A small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine." Well, that's certainly more cheery, isn't it? With so many fall/festival films described as depressing and dark, perhaps Miramax wants to set Blindness apart as more upbeat, though still serious fare. Will they change the title to Temporary Blindness?
All kidding aside, the dynamic and talented creative combination of Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener), McKellar, and that cast sounds irresistible. The purchase price was $5 million, according to Gregg Goldstein in his Hollywood Reporter story. If you can read Portuguese, you can follow along at the director's blog. Maybe we'll see the completed film next year at Toronto?