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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Original title
Le scaphandre et le papillon (Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Running time
112 min.
France France
Ronald Harwood. Book: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Paul Cantelon
Janusz Kaminski
Pathé Renn Productions, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Banque Populaire Images, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Cinecinema, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Drama | Disability. Based On A True Story. Biography
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.
2007: 4 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing
2007: 2 Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film, Director. 3 Nominations
2007: BAFTA Awards: Best Adap. Screenplay. Nominated for Best Foreign Languaje Film
2007: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director, Technical Grand Prize. 3 Nominations
2007: 2 Awards Cesar: Actor (Mathieu Amalric), Editing. 7 Nominations
2007: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Picture
2007: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography. 4 Nominations
2007: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2007: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film. 3 Nominations
2007: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom. incl. Best Foreign Language Film
2007: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: 3 Awards, incl. Best Director. 5 Nom.
2007: Premios Independent Spirit: Best Director & Cinematography. 4 Nominations
2007: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2007: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2008: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Independent Film
2007: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best European Union Film
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