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Die Stadt der Blinden (Blindness)

Suddenly one person inexplicably becomes blind, then two, then three. Soon several hundred are quarantined in an abandoned factory, surrounded by soldiers in watch towers. There is little contact with the outside world except for food deliveries. Life is even harder than normal imprisonment as everyone is blind except the doctor’s wife (Julianne Moore). She pretends to be afflicted in order to stay by her husband’s side. Everyone desperately clings to some semblance of order and guidance as raw, selfish greed takes over in the form of rape, theft and murder. In the end they flee their prison which has caught fire, only to find the whole city in a state of blindness and chaos.

Fernando Meirelles won the right to film the book by José Saramago, because, based on his films City of Men and The Constant Gardener, Saramago believed that Meirelles could avoid turning it into a zombie film. His instincts were right. The film is easier to understand than the book (which is full of run-on sentences). The white light and often fuzzy pictures made me feel blind as well; this was a good means of involving the audience in the plot. It is an excellent example of society out of control without leadership or rules, such as Lord of the Flies or the Isabelle Huppert film The Time of the Wolf (which also played at the Filmfest Hamburg a few years ago). Naturally, in a wider sense the theme is symbolic of society’s blindness to inhumanity, so that the film could easily be a doctorate thesis. Also starring Mark Ruffalo and Gael Garcia Bernal, it was in competition at Cannes 2008. (Becky Tan)


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Auge um Auge (Out of the Furnace) (2013)

Austenland (2013)

Blackfish (2013)

Boyhood (2014)

Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

Das Große Heft (The Notebook, A nagy füzet) (2013)

Das ist das Ende (This Is the End) (2013)

Das Kleine Gespenst (The Little Ghost) (2013)

Das Magische Haus (The House of Magic) (2013)

Der Große Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) (2013)

Der Medicus (The Physician) (2013)

Die Eiskönigin - Völlig unverfroren (Frozen) (2013)

Don Jon (2013)

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee (2013)

Her (2013)

Im Namen des ... (In the Name Of, W imie...) (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Jersey Boys (2014)

Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross) (2014)

Last Vegas (2013)

Liberace - Zu viel des Guten ist wundervoll (Behind the Candelabra) (2013)

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Nebraska (2013)

Ohne Dich (2014)

One Chance - Einmal im Leben (One Chance) (2013)

R.E.D. 2 (2013)

Rush - Alles für den Sieg (Rush) (2013)

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

The Blue Umbrella (2013)

The Butterfly’s Dream (The Dream of a Butterfly, Kelebegin Rüyasi) (2013)

The Unknown Known (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Trance - Gefährliche Erinnerung (Trance) (2013)

Venus im Pelz (Venus in Fur, La Vénus à la fourrure) (2013)

Wacken 3D - Louder than Hell (2014)

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Der Große Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) (2013)

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Jimmy’s Hall (2014)

No Turning Back (Locke) (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

Side Effects (2013)

Snowpiercer (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

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