The film, “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly”  will be shown Sunday evening, March 29, at the Wayne County Visitor’s Center Community Room.


 The film, “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly”  will be shown Sunday evening, March 29, at the Wayne County Visitor’s Center Community Room.
The movie begins at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Wayne County Arts Alliance. The theme of this film is a  a famous fashion editor who writes a memoir after suffering a paralyzing stroke.
Released in 2007, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is a film about a 43 year-old man who suffers a paralyzing stroke.  Using his left eye, the only part of his body that he can control, the man dictates his memoir.  That man was Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor of the French fashion magazine Elle, and the film gives a remarkable portrayal of his struggle to live the last portion of his life with dignity and purpose.   Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun Times, wrote that the film is a heroic depiction of “ . . . the life force at its most insistent, lashing out against fate with stubborn resolve.”
The film stars Mathieu Amalric and was directed by American artist Julian Schnabel, who won the Director’s award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.  He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction.  It is the second offering in the Wayne County Arts Alliance’s spring series devoted to films made from literary works.  “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” will be shown in French with English subtitles.
A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the Arts Alliance.  The showing will be preceded with a short introduction and followed by a discussion.  The Chamber of Commerce is located at 32 Commercial Street in Honesdale, one block from Main Street, behind the Wayne County Historical Society.  For more information, contact the Arts Alliance at (570) 253-6850 or visit waynecountyartsalliance.org for the full schedule of spring films.