Sony Classics acquires ‘Barney’s Version’

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 8th, 2010

An awards contender for Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman?  We’ll see.  The press release, in part:

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to BARNEY’S VERSION from producer Robert Lantos (EASTERN PROMISES, BEING JULIA, SUNSHINE). BARNEY’S VERSION is directed by Richard J. Lewis and based upon Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel. The film is In Competition at the Venice Film Festival and will be featured as a Gala Presentation at this year’s Toronto Film Festival…

In the film, Barney Panofsky (Giamatti) is a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney’s candid confessional spans three decades and two continents, and includes three wives, one outrageous father and a dangerously dissolute best friend.

“Very rarely does a major novel come to life so completely and so richly on the screen as it does here with BARNEY’S VERSION. Featuring wonderful performances by Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, and Minnie Driver, producer Robert Lantos more than fulfills his multi year dream of filming Mordecai Richler’s masterpiece. We look forward to presenting the film to the American audience,” says Sony Pictures Classics.

[Photo: Sony Pictures Classics]

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  • 1 9-08-2010 at 9:36 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Seeing this the day after tomorrow. Will try have a review up swiftly.

  • 2 9-08-2010 at 11:08 am

    RichardA said...

    I don’t think he’s happy with his make-up.

  • 3 9-09-2010 at 7:24 am

    McAllister said...

    I’d love to see Dustin Hoffman have a truly great role again. Last one I can think of was “Moonlight Mile,” for which I would’ve liked him to get an Oscar nomination.