PRODUCTION: Blind Watching Begins Filming

By FNE Staff

    Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski began principal photography on Blind Watching in Portugal on 12 May 2011. The €2.05 million film is his first English language film. Jakimowski directed the acclaimed 2009 Polish Oscar entry, Tricks.

    The film stars British and German actors Edward Hogg and Alexandra Maria Lara along with a cast of largely blind children.

    The film, written by Jakimowski, tells the story of Ian (Hogg), a charismatic (and blind) spatial orientation instructor, who arrives at a top notch Lisbon ophthalmological clinic where he is in charge of sessions with blind patients. As a new teacher he uses unconventional methods, and during his spatial orientation sessions Ian quickly wins the trust of his students; a small group of children and teenagers of various nationalities. Among his students, a young woman called Eva (Lara), is especially withdrawn and secluded. Ian concentrates his efforts to make her overcome her shyness. He brings her outside the clinic without any permission to help her rediscover the pleasures of life.

    Blind Watching is a Poland-France-Portugal co-production between ZAiR (Warsaw), KMBO (Paris), Filmes do Tejo II Multimedia (Lisbon) and is funded by the Polish Film Institute, the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC), the Institito Do Cinema E Do Audiovisual (ICA), Canal + Cyfrowy Poland and Forum Film Distribution. Mike Downey of Film and Music Entertainment co-produces.