With the release of Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh biopic At Eternity’s Gate, we revisit his 2007 film about the French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby that suffered a stroke so severe he was completely paralyzed except for his left eye. This exhilarating film was shot by DoP and Spielberg veteran Janusz Kaminski, who locks the viewer inside Bauby’s world and slowly releases its gaze as the protagonist learns how to cope with his profoundly altered life course. This visually gorgeous and emotionally devastating piece of cinema will be presented on 35mm, in French with English subtitles.
Based on the autobiography Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillion by 43-year-old Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby. After suffering a massive stroke, Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) wakes up in a hospital several weeks later with locked-in syndrome; almost completely paralyzed, with only his left eye being able to move. While he can still hear and see, his ability to speak is gone. Trapped inside of his body, he relies on the support of his family and his compassionate recuperative team. When his speak therapist Henriette (Marie-Josée Croze) introduces a system to communicate one letter at a time by the blink of his eye, Bauby dedicates himself to writing a book about his inner world, from the psychological battle within him to the dreams he still had.