'Bell' rings clear in Gotham

NEW YORK — During a post-screening dinner at the swank Stone Rose restaurant Sunday in Gotham, Julian Schnabel admitted he doesn’t like reading press coverage of his work — the media, he said, always gets things wrong.

But it was hard to mistake what was happening at the New York Film Festival premiere of the artist-director’s French-language drama “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”: The heartfelt about a writer who suffers a stroke and can communicate only by blinking his eye, which won Schnabel the director prize at Cannes, drew heavy applause.

Guests included Bono, whose music is in the film and to whom Schnabel gave a shout-out, as well as thesp John Turturro, scribe Tony Kushner and producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Sure, Schnabel may be skeptical of the media, but would he enjoy the buzz that such a star-studded event can bring? Bien sur.

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