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

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Production and distribution (4)

Associate production company :

Pathé Production

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Pictures International (UK)

Co-productions :

France 3 Cinéma, Pictanovo

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Pathé Distribution

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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.



The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Trailer - "Le Scaphandre et le papillon"

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 Omnes

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

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 52 min

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Posters (8)


News (22)

Festival Selections (22)

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

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

Tokyo - International Film Festival - 2007

Tokyo - International Film Festival (Japan, 2007)


Special Screenings

BIFF - 2007

BIFF (South Korea, 2007)


Films selected

TIFF - 2007

TIFF (Canada, 2007)


Special presentations

Awards (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2008

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

Awards (2)

Cesar 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)


Award for Best Cinematography