Photography: Tim Leyendekker
Producer, Co-producer: Tim Leyendekker
Color: Black and white
Language: No dialogue
This adaptation of José Saramago’s 1995 novel Blindness works with 6,386 photographs of places, things and people that are a part of the book’s world. This set of simple images becomes a diegetic collage that breaks the novel down into its references to the real world. The soundtrack also combines 6,386 sound fragments from the books’ 2008 film adaptation.

Faces, whose photos were taken by the actors themselves, who are all blind, are repeated precisely as many times and in exactly the same order as mentioned in the novel, which might also, for the viewer, emphasize the emotional quality with greater urgency and shift the references to the persons towards the inner essence of the literary characters. 

Dutch artist Tim Leyendekker (1973) creates conceptual video art. His works explore the limits of cinema as a narrative medium, and combine various media such as film, video, drawing, text, photography, and performance. He says that his main motivation to become an artist was his dissatisfaction with language as a tool for communication and expression.

Photo Gallery

EYE Film Institute Netherlands / Marta Jurkiewicz / IJpromenade 1 / 1031 KT / Amsterdam / The Netherlands / +31 207 582 375 / /
Festival edition: 2015
Sections: Fascinations
Premiere Type: Central European Premiere
Exhibition format: 16 mm
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
Simultaneous interpreting: cz
30.10.2015 17:00


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory