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by Julian Schnabel


Based on "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", written by Bauby following an accident in December 1995, which left him suffering from locked-in syndrome. Completely paralysed, unable to move, eat, talk or breathe without assistance, the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine dictates letter by letter through the flattering of the eyelashes of his left eye, a type of stationary travel log.

international title: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
original title: Le Scaphandre et le papillon
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Julian Schnabel
release date: BE 23/05/2007, FR 23/05/2007, NL 13/09/2007, GR 15/11/2007, DK 07/12/2007, ES 04/01/2008, SE 11/01/2008, PL 18/01/2008, FI 25/01/2008, IT 08/02/2008, UK 08/02/2008, DE 27/03/2008
screenplay: Ronald Harwood
cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup, Olatz Lopez Garmendia
cinematography by: Janusz Kaminski
film editing: Juliette Welfling
art director: Laurent Ott
costumes designer: Olivier Bériot
production: Pathé Films, France 3 Cinéma
distributor: Pathé Distribution, A-Film Distribution (NL), Scanbox Entertainment (FI)


main awards/selection

Cannes 2007Best Director
San Sebastian Film Festival 2007Award to the European Film
Golden Globes 2008Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director
BAFTAs Awards 2008Best Adapted Screenplay
Césars 2008Best Actor (Mathieu Amalric), Best Editing

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