Premiere of Le Scaphandre et le papillon - AFI Fest, LA (November 8, 2007)
Julian Schnabel won Best Director at the last Cannes Film Festival for this almost flawless movie. This is a beautiful movie, with gorgeous cinematography, script and music. The legendary Max von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner and Marie-Josée Croze give stunning supporting performances. The first 5 minutes of the movie as Jean-Dominique wakes up in the hospital is the best part. It's a totally unique experience. Anyone with college French should be able to get the jest of this movie without looking at the subtitles. The actors speak slowly, eloquently and very little slang is used. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly deservedly walked away with the audience award at the AFI Fest.
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY is the remarkable true story of Jean- Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby's fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life's passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries.
Directed by JULIAN SCHNABEL
Screenplay by RONALD HARWOOD Based on the book by JEAN-DOMINIQUE BAUBY
Produced by KATHLEEN KENNEDY
JON KILIK Associate Producer
LÉONARD GLOWINSKI Executive Producers PIERRE GRUNSTEIN JIM LEMLEY
MAX VON SYDOW
RATING: PG-13 for Nudity, Sexual Content and Some Language
RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2007 Limited
DISTRIBUTOR: Miramax Films