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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

A Feature film by Julian Schnabel

Produced by Pathé Production

Release in France : 23/05/2007

    Synopsis

    On December 8, 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, a journalist and father of two children, suffered a stroke which plunged him into a deep coma. When he regained conciousness, all his motor body functions had deteriorated. He’d been struck by what is known in the medical profession as “locked-in syndrome:” he could no longer move, speak nor even breathe without medical assistance. The only part of his inert body capable of moving was his left eye. This eye became his link with the world, with others, with life. He’d blink once to say “yes,” twice to say “no.” With his single eye, he’d focus visitors’ attention on letters of the alphabet dictated to him and form words, sentences, entire pages. With his eye, he wrote this book The Bell Jar and the Butterfly, for which, each morning during long weeks, he’d memorized sentences before dictating them.

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    01/12/2009

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    Trailer - "Le Scaphandre et le papillon"

    Actors (24)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Pathé Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Entertainment (UK)

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Pictanovo

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

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    International releases (45)

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (20)

    Author of original work :

    Jean-Dominique Bauby

    Associate Producer :

    Léonard Glowinski

    Screenwriter :

    Ronald Harwood

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Paul Mugel, Francis Wargnier, Dominique Gaborieau

    Assistant Operators :

    Benoît Pain, Steeven Petitteville

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Sound Editor :

    Francis Wargnier

    Production Designers :

    Éric Michel, Laurent Ott

    Costume designer :

    Olivier Bériot

    Location Manager :

    Stephan Guillemet

    Producer :

    Jon Kilik

    Line Producer :

    Pierre Grunstein

    Director of Photography :

    Janusz Kaminski

    Sound Assistant :

    Yves-Marie Omnès

    Production Manager :

    François-Xavier Decraene

    Editor :

    Juliette Welfling

    Assistant editors :

    Marcela Figueroa, Nelly Ollivault, Margot Meynier, Marie-Pierre Frappier

    Music Composer :

    Paul Cantelon

    Still Photographer :

    Étienne George

    Post-production supervisor :

    Virginia Anderson

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2006

    French release :

    23/05/2007

    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    116.877

    Visa issue date :

    14/05/2007

    Approval :

    Yes

    Rating restrictions :

    None

    Posters (8)

    Director

    News (22)

    Festival Selections (23)

    Academy Awards - 2008

    Academy Awards (United States, 2008)

    Selection (4)

    Nomination for Best Cinematography : Janusz Kaminski

    Nomination for Best Editing

    Nomination for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay : Ronald Harwood

    Academy Award nomination for Best Director : Julian Schnabel

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2008

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2008)

    Selection (7)

    Best Sound : Dominique Gaborieau, Jean-Paul Mugel, Francis Wargnier

    Best Cinematography : Janusz Kaminski

    Best Screen Adaptation : Ronald Harwood

    Best Editing : Juliette Welfling

    Best Actor : Mathieu Amalric

    Best Director : Julian Schnabel

    Best Film

    Golden Globe Awards - 2008

    Golden Globe Awards (United States, 2008)

    Selection (3)

    Best Foreign Language Film

    Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

    Best Director - Motion Picture : Julian Schnabel

    Lumiere Awards - 2008

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2008)

    Selection (2)

    Meilleur Film

    : Mathieu Amalric

    Stockholm International Film Festival - 2007

    Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2007)

    Selection

    International Competition

    Tokyo - International Film Festival - 2007

    Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 2007)

    Selection

    Special Screenings

    BIFF - 2007

    BIFF (South Korea, 2007)

    Selection

    Films selected

    TIFF - 2007

    TIFF (Canada, 2007)

    Selection

    Special presentations

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2008

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2008)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Actor : Mathieu Amalric

    César Award for Best Editing : Juliette Welfling

    Golden Globe Awards - 2008

    Golden Globe Awards (United States, 2008)

    Awards (2)

    Best Foreign Language Film

    Best Director - Motion Picture : Julian Schnabel

    Stockholm International Film Festival - 2007

    Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2007)

    Awards

    Award for Best Cinematography

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