Naked Lunch Radio #64 – Director Fernando Meirelles

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Brazil’s Fernando Meirelles made quite a splash in 2002 with his breakthrough feature City of God, a brutal and vibrant portrait of crime and street life in one of Brazil’s worst slums. It has become one of the most popular foreign films of the new decade. He followed it up with The Constant Gardener, a political thriller based on John le Carré’s novel of the same name and starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. After taking on le Carré, Meirelles has taken on an even bigger risk by tackling José Saramago’s beloved novel Blindness with the help of Canadian screenwriter Don McKellar (Last Night, The Red Violin). Critics have been sharply divided, and the film’s premiere at Cannes was less than a slam dunk. We’ll cut through the hype and let you know if it’s worth your time and cash, but not without revisiting Meirelles’ other films.

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