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DPL Presents "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Decorah Public Library is hosting a free public screening of the award-winning film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Wed. July 16, 6:30 pm, in the 2nd floor Mezzanine Gallery.
When Jul 16, 2008
from 06:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where in the Mezzanine
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library is hosting a free public screening of the award-winning film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Wed. July 16, 6:30 pm, in the 2nd floor Mezzanine Gallery. The PG-13 film is in French (with English subtitles) and has a run time of 112 minutes. 

Celebrated painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel's third feature film is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name. The film tells the remarkable tale of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), the world-renowned editor of French ELLE magazine, who suffered a stroke and was paralyzed by the rare "locked in" syndrome at the age of 43.  

Bauby's only way of communicating with the outside world was by blinking with one eye, and after several dedicated people helped him to speak using this small movement, he began to produce the words that would form his memoir. Along the way, as he swam in and out of consciousness, memories from his past swelled into the present, resulting in a cinematic experience that critics herald as being simultaneously “heartbreaking and hopeful.”  

For more information, contact Kristin at Decorah Public Library, 563-382-3717.