The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
- Original title
Le scaphandre et le papillon (Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
- Running time
- 112 min.
Ronald Harwood (Book: Jean-Dominique Bauby)
Olatz Lopez Garmendia,
Max von Sydow
Pathé Renn Productions / France 3 Cinéma
Drama | Disability. Based On A True Story. Biography
- Synopsis / Plot
- At 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the rakishly successful and charismatic editor in chief of French Elle was a man defined by his passion for life. On December 1995, he suffered a massive stroke and his brain stem was rendered inactive. In these few bewildering moments, his life was forever changed. After lapsing into a coma, he awoke 20 days later to find himself the victim of a rare locked-in syndrome - mentally alert but permanently deprived of movement and speech. Refusing to accept his fate, Bauby determined to escape the paralysis of his diving bell and free the butterflies of his dreams and imagination. The only way he could express his frustration, however, was by moving his left eye. These movements and blinking a code representing letters of the alphabet became his sole means of communication. Slowly -painstakingly- words, sentences, paragraphs and finally an affecting and life-affirming memoir emerged.
: 4 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing
: 2 Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film, Director. 3 Nominations
: BAFTA Awards: Best Adap. Screenplay. Nominated for Best Foreign Languaje Film
: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director, Technical Grand Prize. 3 Nominations
: 2 Awards Cesar: Actor (Mathieu Amalric), Editing. 7 Nominations
: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Best Cinematography. Runner Up for Best Film
: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film. 3 Nominations
2007: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom. incl. Best Foreign Language Film
: Premios Independent Spirit: Best Director & Cinematography. 4 Nominations
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Independent Film
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