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Barney’s Version

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132 minutes – Dramatic Comedy
Release date: December 24, 2010
DVD release date: June 28, 2011
Canadian distributor: eOne Films

Based on the prize-winning comic novel by Mordecai Richler, Paul Giamatti stars as Barney Penofsky, a Jewish misanthrope from Montreal who, at 68, looks back over his life. Barney has three ex-wives, two kids that he`s alienated from, an aging father who`s got the mouth of a sailor and seems fixated on his trial for the murder of his best friend 30 years earlier. But since Barney is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, the audience must derive truth from a memory that may be self-serving or simply impaired. Dustin Hoffman plays Barney’s father, Izzy; and Minnie Driver plays Barney’s supremely annoying second wife. Shot in Montreal and in Rome on a budget thought to be about $25 million, Barney’s Version had its world premiere at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It won seven Genie Awards in 2011.

Northernstars.ca reviews Barney’s Version.



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Crew:
Producer:

Robert Lantos

Executive Producer:

Mark Musselman

Co-Producer:

Lyse Lafontaine
Domenico Procacci

Director:

Richard J. Lewis

Screenwriter:

Michael Konyves

Cinematographer:

Guy Defaux

Editor:

Susan Shipton

Cast:Roles:

Paul Giamatti
Dustin Hoffman
Rachelle Lefevre
Minnie Driver
Rosamund Pike
Maury Chaykin
Mark Addy
Saul Rubinek
Clé Bennett
Jake Hoffman
Anna Hopkins
Harvey Atkin
Bruce Greenwood
Scott Speedman
Marina Eva
Ellen David
Mark Camacho
Kyle Switzer
Larry Day
Mélanie St-Pierre
Arthur Holden
Erika Rosenbaum
Paula Jean Hixson
Macha Grenon
Ivana Shein
Luca Palladini
David Pryde
Paulina B. Abarca
Stephanie Frank
Paul Gross
Denys Arcand
David Cronenberg
Atom Egoyan
Arthur Grosser
Ted Kotcheff

Barney Panofsky
Barney’s father, Izzy
Clara ‘Chambers’ Charnofsky
Mrs. P
Miriam Grant-Panofsky
Wedding Guest
Detective O’Hearne
Charnofsky
Cedric
Michael Panofsky
Kate
2nd Mrs. P’s Father
Blair
Boogie
Leo’s Girlfriend
Goldie
Mark
Prod. Assistant
Bartender
Sexpot
Notary
Caroline
Jill
Solange
Suzanne
Justin
Executive
Neighbour
Wedding Guest
Actor playing Constable O’Malley of the North
Maître’D at Ritz
O’Malley Director #2
O’Malley Director #1
Mr. Dalhousie
Train Conductor