The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Synopsis & Film Details

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly*

  • with short film LIGHT YEARS*
  • Friday, April 18, 2008
  • 7 p.m.
  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno [map]


The remarkable 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 leaves him in a life-altered state. 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, his rich memories, and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries.

Directed by Julian Schnabel
France, 2007
112 minutes, PG-13

Companion Short Film

  • USA, Richard Martin
  • 15 minutes, English
  • With special appearances
  • Four relationships spanning the four corners of the globe are put to the ultimate test when they learn the world may end in eight minutes – the duration of time it takes light to travel from the sun to the Earth. Each is finally forced to confront the most trying dynamics of their relationship in order to reconcile differences and face Earth’s final moments: with love and without fear; but, most importantly, together.

Part of the 4th Fresno Film Festival (2008).