INTERVIEW: Director Julian Schnabel on ‘The Diving Bell and The Butterfly’


Julian Schnabel sat down with us at the Los Angeles press day to talk about his new film, “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.” Winner of the Best Director’s award at Cannes 2007, Schnabel (“Before Night Falls,” “Basquiat”) has crafted another remarkable film that pays tribute to the spirit of the imagination and its ability to triumph over tragedy.

“The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” is the moving 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 paralyzes him. 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, rich memories and newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries.

Based on the highly lauded book by Bauby, which was adapted for the screen by Ronald Harwood, “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” also stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais and Max Von Sydow. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Kilik, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, a visual artist in his own right, magnificently evokes Bauby’s disorientation and transformation.

Julian Schnabel begins our interview with a loud grumble.

(Source: MoviesOnline)

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