The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


1h 54m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Jean-Dominique Bauby AKA "Jean-Do," the high-flying editor of French Elle and father of two, was renowned for his sense of humor and style, his joie de vivre and amorous energy, when, in an instant, his world was plunged into the depths of catastrophe. Faced with a harrowing predicament, Jean-Do wil

Film Details

Also Known As
Diving Bell & the Butterfly, The, Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Dykkerklokken og Sommerfuglen, Escafandro e a Borboleta, O, Fjärilen i glaskupan, Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon, Motyl i skafander, Perhonen lasikuvussa, Scafandrul si Fluturele, Scaphandre Et Le Papillon, Le, Schmetterling und Taucherglocke, Skafander a motýl, Skafandr a motýl, Skafandras ir drugelis, Szkafander és pillangó, escafandra y la mariposa, scafandro e la farfalla
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Sylvain Joubert
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

Jean-Dominique Bauby AKA "Jean-Do," the high-flying editor of French Elle and father of two, was renowned for his sense of humor and style, his joie de vivre and amorous energy, when, in an instant, his world was plunged into the depths of catastrophe. Faced with a harrowing predicament, Jean-Do will use enormous courage and determination but, most of all, his soaring imagination to escape from his trap. Tapping into the limitlessness of his memories, fantasies, wit and wishes, he finds a way to race through experiences of wonder and grief, sex and love, fatherhood and childhood, faith and questioning, ecstasy and absurdity--and touches the very essence of what it is to be human. Along the way he is buoyed by a quintet of remarkable women: Céline, the mother of his children who remains devoted to him despite his betrayal; Inés, the girlfriend who still haunts him; Henriette and Marie, who give Jean-Do the power to re-connect with the world and his loved ones; and Claude, who becomes his ravishing literary assistant.

Crew

Philippe Alleton

Special Effects Assistant

Olivier Alonso

Special Makeup Effects

Francois Amadei

Electrician

Virginia Anderson

Post-Production

David Artigala

Production Assistant

Nadia Atout

Dailies

Luc Augereau

Visual Effects Producer

Damien Auriol

Grip

J Barnes

Song

Edith Barrier

Production Accountant

Aude Bassisty

Set Designer

Florence Batteault

Makeup Assistant

Jean-dominique Bauby

Source Material

Jérôme Baudoin

Electrician

Sylvette Baudrot

Script Supervisor

Luke Bellen

Song

Beatrice Bellone

Titles

Rachel Berger

Casting Assistant

Olivier Beriot

Costume Designer

Virginie Bernard

Production Assistant

Olivier Billard

Production Assistant

Arnaud Bisselbach

Driver

Yann Blondel

Visual Effects Supervisor

Samuel Bordet

Swing Gang

Yannick Boulot

Sound

Dominique Boussagol

Film Lab

Valery Bouteliere

Production Assistant

Philippe Boutillier

Sculptor

Adrien Bozakian

3-D Animator

Catherine Brelet Von Sydow

Assistant

K Brennan

Song

Nacio Herb Brown

Song

Delphine Brunet

Production Assistant

Vline Buggy

Song

Gwenael Camuzard

Unit Manager Assistant

Paul Cantelon

Theme Lyrics

Paul Cantelon

Original Music

Bernard Caroff

Generator Operator

David Caroff

Generator Operator

Mathilde Cavillan

Assistant Director

Thierry Di Cecca

Hair Stylist

Xavier Champagnac

Production Assistant

Boris Chapelle

Assistant Sound Editor

Emmanuel Che

2-D Animator

Christian Chevalier

Music

Guillaume Chevet

3-D Animator

Nicolas Christin

Swing Gang

Sandrine Cirilli

Makeup Assistant

Benjamin Clement

Software Engineer

Maguy Cohen

Assistant

Anne Collon

Assistant

Fabrice Collon

Assistant

Marcel Collon

Coordinator

Patrick Collon

Assistant

Jean Constantin

Music Composer

Jean Constantin

Music Conductor

Raphaël Cornillon

Hair Stylist

Sebastien Cosset

Production Assistant

Sebastien Coulet

Production Assistant

Sebastien Courtain

Electrician

Yann Crelot

Grip

Alexia Crisp-jones

On-Set Dresser

Claire Cunier

2-D Animator

Rosana D'andrea

Special Effects Assistant

Oceane D'hont

Production Assistant

Arnaud Damaz

2-D Animator

Jean-claude Dauphinot

Special Effects Assistant

D Davis

Song

M Davis

Song

Adrien Debackere

Assistant Camera

Frantois-xavier Decraene

Line Producer

Pascal Delaunay

Grip

Joel Delclos

Projectionist

Elisabeth Delesalle

Makeup Assistant

Isabelle Delhumeau

Special Effects Technician

Philippe Delmas

Carpenter

Jacques Delzescaux

2-D Animator

Georges Demetrau

Special Effects Supervisor

Mathieu Desouches

Production Assistant

Amelie Dibon

Production Coordinator

Aurore Diot-cods

Production Assistant

Philippe Donge

Sound

Deborah Dours

Production Assistant

Jereemie Droulers

3-D Animator

Rodolphe Duhamel

Sound

Francois Dupuy

Special Effects Technician

Julien Durguel

Set Decorator

Christian Dutac

Grader

Fabien Eigen

Special Effects

Pierre Emergy

Song

Michel Eric

Set Designer

Nicolas Faure

Carpenter

Geoffroy Felley

Special Makeup Effects

Emiliano Fernandez

Driver

Marcela Figueroa

Assistant Editor

Thierry Flament

Visual Effects Supervisor

Olivier Fortin

Assistant Camera

Marie-pierre Frappier

Assistant Editor

Arthur Freed

Song

Jacques Fresnel

Painter

Laurene Gabillon

Painter

Dominique Gaborieau

Sound

Germain Garziano

Grip

Christian Gazio

Property Master

Christian Gazio

Wrangler

Antonin Gendre

Key Grip

Etienne George

Photography

Melanie Gerbeaux

Wig Maker

Marion Gervais

Coach

Sana El Ghoul

Casting Assistant

Claudy Gibier

Generator Operator

Franck Gies

Carpenter

Thierry Girard

Carpenter

Hubert Giraud

Song

Leonard Glowinski

Associate Producer

Stephane Gluck

Assistant Director

Alexandre Gotkovski

Electrician

Gilles Granier

Grader

Julian Grisot

Swing Gang

Christian Gruau

Hairdresser

Pierre Grunstein

Executive Producer

Pascal Guegan

Stunt Coordinator

Sttphan Guillemet

Unit Production Manager

Marie Guillon

Production Accountant

Eddie Guittard

Painter

Varujan Gumusel

Film Lab

Peter Hammond

Painter

Robert J Harris

Song

Ronald Harwood

Screenplay

Geoffroy Hassoun

Grip

Mildred Hill

Song

Patty Hill

Song

Jan Gagnaire Hochstein

Grip

Dominique Hollier

Interpreter

Olgierd Hordierjuk-zaniewicki

Production Assistant

Myriam Hottois

Makeup Artist

Maud Hubert

Production Assistant

Christine Huet-gigandet

Painter

Herve Icovic

Interpreter

Olivier Jacob

Unit Manager Assistant

Sue Jacobs

Music

Camille Janbon

Assistant Costume Designer

Sylvain Jardin

Special Effects Technician

Thomas Jodeau

Film Lab

Camille Joste

Costume Supervisor

Sylvain Joubert

Production Insurance

Damien Jousselin

Electrician

Isabelle Julien

Grader

Jean-francois Juvanon

Painter

Janusz Kaminski

Director Of Photography

Janusz Kaminski

Dp/Cinematographer

Abdel Ali Kassou

Film Lab

Michael Katims

Interpreter

Myriam Kaufmann

Production Accountant

Jacques Kazandjian

Art Department

Kathleen Kennedy

Producer

Jon Kilik

Producer

Emilie Larribaut-guinguene

Production Assistant

Damien Lazzerini

Sound Mixer

Jean-louis Le Bras

Boom Operator

Lionel Le Bras

Boom Operator

Yann Lebrun

Adr

Anita Lechbedech

2-D Animator

Lucie Lefebvre

On-Set Dresser

Vincent Lefeuvre

Unit Manager Assistant

Logan Lelievre

Production Assistant

Benjamin Leloch

Sound

Jim Lemley

Executive Producer

Christophe Lemoine

Carpenter

Marine Lepoutre

Grader

Benoit Lestang

Special Makeup Effects

Thierry Leveque

Production Assistant

Fabien Lewartowski

Carpenter

Frederique Liebaut

Adr Supervisor

Chloe Van Lierde

Makeup Assistant

Julien Linieres

Production Assistant

Christine Loisy

Archival Footage

Anne-claire Loridant

Production Assistant

Loriane Lucas

Negative Cutter

Anne Maisonhaute

Editing

Michel Malbesin

Painter

Danielle Maleville

Project Manager

Sebastien Marziniak

Assistant Director

Emmanuel Mathieu

Unit Manager Assistant

Malika Mazauric

Visual Effects Supervisor

Cedric Mazeratti

Swing Gang

Fiona Mclaughlin

Archival Footage

Margot Meynier

Assistant Editor

Jerome Miel

Special Effects Assistant

Helene Millet

Driver

Vincent Milner

Foley

Julien Minet

Production Assistant

Nolwenn Moign

Film Lab

Mikael Monod

Gaffer

Pascal Morisset

Camera Operator

Laure Moulin

Hair Stylist

Philippe Mouton

Special Effects Technician

Jean-paul Mugel

Sound

Sylvie Neant

On-Set Dresser

Thierry Noblet

3-D Animator

Film Details

Also Known As
Diving Bell & the Butterfly, The, Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Dykkerklokken og Sommerfuglen, Escafandro e a Borboleta, O, Fjärilen i glaskupan, Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon, Motyl i skafander, Perhonen lasikuvussa, Scafandrul si Fluturele, Scaphandre Et Le Papillon, Le, Schmetterling und Taucherglocke, Skafander a motýl, Skafandr a motýl, Skafandras ir drugelis, Szkafander és pillangó, escafandra y la mariposa, scafandro e la farfalla
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Sylvain Joubert
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

2007

Best Cinematography

2007

Best Director

2007
Julian Schnabel

Best Editing

2007

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2007 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Cinematography by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Foreign Film by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Foreign Language Film by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Foreign Language Film by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of the 2007 Satellite Award for Best Cinematography by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of the Alfred P Sloan Foundation Film Prize in Science and Technology at the 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2007 AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Winner of the European Film Award at the 2007 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Winner of three 2007 awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign-Language Film by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).

Winner of two awards including Best Director and the Prize Vulcain de l'Artiste-Technicien at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 30, 2007

Released in United States on Video April 29, 2008

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States September 2007

Released in United States October 2007

Released in United States November 2007

Released in United States December 2007

Shown at London Film Festival (Special Screening) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 28-October 14, 2007.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Spotlight on France) September 27-October 12, 2007.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 17-21, 2007.

Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 4-12, 2007.

Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Cinema of the World) December 9-16, 2007.

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" was authored by Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French fashion magazine Elle, who, completely paralyzed by amanuensis, silently wrote the novel by blinking his left eye as his collaborator, Claude Mendibil, translated his blinks to letters and words. The 44-year-old Bauby died on March 9, 1997, just two days after the publication of his book.

Jean-Dominique Bauby was the subject of a half-hour 1997 documentary for French television, directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix.

Based on the autobiography "Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon" written by Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Ron Bass was previously attached to write.

Scott Hicks was previously attached to direct.

Project was previously in development at Dreamworks.

Project was included on the 2006 Black List.

Miramax Films acquired North American distribution rights at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for a reported sum of $3 million.

Released in United States Fall November 30, 2007 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video April 29, 2008

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Special Screening) October 17-November 1, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 28-October 14, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31-September 3, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Spotlight on France) September 27-October 12, 2007.)

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi - Pearls) September 20-29, 2007.)

Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 17-21, 2007.)

Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 4-12, 2007.)

Released in United States November 2007 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Special Screening) November 1-11, 2007.)

Released in United States December 2007 (Shown at Dubai International Film Festival (Cinema of the World) December 9-16, 2007.)

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