Literature on Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

16 Sep 2023, 3:30 PM
17 Sep 2023, 3:30 PM

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The screening is free of charge with the purchase of a day ticket to the FALL festival or with a gallery ticket.

The screening is part of the FALL festival programme. 

Auditorium (Building B)
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
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A true story. A novel written “by the blinking of the author’s eye”. A book turned into a film.

Based on true events, director Julian Schnabel  (Before Dark, Basquiat) brings to the screen the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the charismatic and successful editor-in-chief of the French magazine Elle, who is left almost entirely paralysed after a severe stroke. Unable to move or speak, he retreats into his mind, but after learning to communicate by blinking his left eye, he begins to “write” his story in the only way he is capable.

The film, with a great performance by Mathieu Amalric (Munich) and brilliant camera work by Janusz Kaminski, who is Steven Spielberg’s court cinematographer, was released to the great interest of audiences and professional critics alike. The film won Julian Schnabel the best director award  in Cannes.

Film version:
FR, USA, 2007, 107 min.
Language: French
Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Genre: Drama / biographical
The film will be screened in the original language with Czech subtitles.

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