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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Details

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The astonishing true-life story of [[Performer~P519943~Jean-Dominic Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]] -- a man who held the world in his palm, lost everything to sudden paralysis at 43 years old, and somehow found the strength to rebound -- first touched the world in [[Performer~P519943~Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]]'s best-selling autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (aka La Scaphandre et la Papillon), then in [[Performer~P81239~Jean-Jacques Beineix~jeanjacquesbeineix]]'s half-hour 1997 documentary of [[Performer~P519943~Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]] at work, released under the same title, and, ten years after that, in this Cannes-selected docudrama, helmed by [[Performer~P214355~Julian Schnabel~julianschnabel]] ([[Feature~V136502~Basquiat~basquiat]]) and adapted from the memoir by [[Performer~P93659~Ronald Harwood~ronaldharwood]] ([[Feature~V11581~Cromwell~cromwell]]). The [[Performer~P214355~Schnabel~julianschnabel]]/[[Performer~P93659~Harwood~ronaldharwood]] picture follows [[Performer~P519943~Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]]'s story to the letter -- his instantaneous descent from a wealthy and congenial playboy and the editor of French Elle, to a bed-bound, hospitalized stroke victim with an inactive brain stem that made it impossible for him to speak or move a muscle of his body. This prison, as it were, became a kind of "diving bell" for [[Performer~P519943~Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]] -- one with no means of escape. With the editor's mind unaffected, his only solace lay in the "butterfly" of his seemingly depthless fantasies and memories. Because of [[Performer~P519943~Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]]'s physical restriction, he only possessed one channel for communication with the outside world: ocular activity. By moving his eyes and blinking, he not only began to interact again with the world around him, but -- astonishingly -- authored the said memoir via a code used to signify specific letters of the alphabet. In [[Performer~P214355~Schnabel~julianschnabel]]'s picture, [[Performer~P199646~Mathieu Amalric~mathieuamalric]] tackles the difficult role of [[Performer~P519943~Bauby~jeandominiquebauby]]; the film co-stars [[Performer~P64370~Emmanuelle Seigner~emmanuelleseigner]], [[Performer~P277415~Marie-Josée Croze~mariejoséecroze]], [[Performer~P134958~Anne Consigny~anneconsigny]], and [[Performer~P12698~Patrick Chesnais~patrickchesnais]]. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:November 30, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jon Kilik Best Foreign Language Film 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jon Kilik Best Feature 2007 Nominee
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Juliette Welfling Best Editing 2007 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Juliette Welfling Best Editing 2007 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Laurent Ott Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2007 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Michel Eric Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ronald Harwood Best Adapted Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ronald Harwood Best Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Ronald Harwood Best Adapted Screenplay 2007 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Ronald Harwood Best Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ronald Harwood Best Adapted Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ronald Harwood Best Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 2007 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematographer 2007 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Janusz Kaminski Prix Vulcain de l'Artiste-Technicien 2007 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kathleen Kennedy Best Foreign Language Film 2007 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Kathleen Kennedy Best Feature 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Winner
Kansas City Film Critics Association Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Julian Schnabel Best Foreign Language Film 2007 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Julian Schnabel Best Director 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julian Schnabel Best Directing 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Mathieu Amalric Best Actor 2007 Nominee

Cast

Mathieu Amalric
as Jean-Dominique 'Jean Do' Bauby
Emmanuelle Seigner
as Céline Desmoulin
Marie-Josée Croze
as Henriette Roi
Anne Consigny
as Claude
Patrick Chesnais
as Doctor Lepage
Niels Arestrup
as Roussin
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Father Lucien
Marina Hands
as Joséphine
Gerard Watkins
as Doctor Cocheton
Theo Sampaio
as Théophile
Fiorella Campanella
as Céleste
Talina Boyaci
as Hortense
Isaach de Bankolé
as Laurent
Emma de Caunes
as Empresse Eugénie
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
as Doctor Mercier
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
as Noirtier de Villefort
Nicholas Le Riche
as Nijinski
Anne Alvaro
as Betty
Francoise Lebrun
as Madame Bauby
Zinedine Soualem
as Joubert
Georges Roche
as Fourneau
Agathe de la Fontaine
as Inès
Yves-Marie Coppin
as Fisherman
François Delaive
as Nurse
Franck Victor
as Paul
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
as Diane
Daniel Lapostolle
as Auxiliary Nurse 1
Philippe Roux
as Auxiliary Nurse
Francis Filloux
as Night Nurse
Elvis Polanski
as Jean-Do as a Child
Max von Sydow
as Young Papinou
Sara Seguela
as Paraplegic at Lourdes
Vasile Negru
as Violinist
Marie Meyer
as Model
Ilze Bajare
as Model
Anna Chyzh
as Model
Antoine Breant
as Jean-Baptiste Mondino's Assistant
Azzedine Alaia
as Azzedine Alaia
Michael Wincott
as Michael Wincott
Lenny Kravitz
as Lenny Kravitz
Farida Khelfa
as Farida Khelfa

Crew

Julian Schnabel
Director
Jon Kilik
Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer
Jean-Dominique Bauby
Book Author
Ronald Harwood
Screenwriter
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer
Julian Schnabel
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Cantelon
Composer (Music Score)
Juliette Welfling
Editor
Laurent Ott
Production Designer
Michel Eric
Production Designer
Michel Eric
Art Director
Leonard Glowinski
Associate Producer
Jim Lemley
Executive Producer
Pierre Grunstein
Executive Producer
Laurent Ott
Set Designer
Olivier Beriot
Costume Designer
Alain Pitrel
Set Decorator
Dominique Gaborieau
Sound/Sound Designer
Francis Wargnier
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Paul Mugel
Sound/Sound Designer
Stephane Gluck
First Assistant Director
Gilbert "Berto" Lecluyse
Camera Operator
Gerard Moulevrier
Casting
Francois-Xavier Decraene
Production Manager
Christian Gazio
Properties Master
Christian Gruau
Key Hairstylist
Francois-Xavier Decraene
Line Producer
Elisabeth Delesalle
Makeup
Florence Batteault
Makeup
Sylvette Baudrot
Script Supervisor
Yann Blondel
Visual Effects Supervisor
Sandrine Cirilli
Makeup
Joerg Widmer
Steadicam Operator
Julien Durguel
Location Manager
Laure Moulin
Hair Styles
Roland Savoye
Underwater Photography
Myriam Hottois
Key Make-up
Olivier Alonso
Makeup Special Effects
Mathilde Cavillan
Second Assistant Director
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