The Diving-Bell and The Butterfly

The Diving-Bell and The Butterfly (12A)

Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Jean-Dominique Baudry, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze
France, 2006, 1 hour 52 minutes, subtitles

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Sunday 13 8.30pm
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A spirited, highly creative and uplifting testament to a life cut short. At the age of 43, Bauby, the charismatic editor of French Vogue suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to communicate except through the blinking of his left eye. Painstakingly he told his story, his memoir became an international best seller that, like the film, avoids turning him into a tragic hero, but shows him as a flawed, droll, irreverently funny man. Grounded in a subtle and intelligent central performance, and by Bauby's own marvellous words, Schnabel excels at bringing the author's internal world to the screen through rich visual poetry.

Winner Best Director Prize Cannes Film Festival 2007

Winner Golden Globe Awards 2008 for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film

Winner of Best Adapted Screenplay BAFTA

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Director

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