Sony Pictures Classics have released the movie trailer for Barney’s Version,an independent drama which premiered at the Venice/Toronto film festivals in September to mostly positive reviews.
Based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel, the film stars Paul Giamatti as Barney Panofsky, a “hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer” who “reflects on his life’s successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus.” Directed by Television vetren Richard J Lewis (CSI, Due South, North of 60, Family Law), the film co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Bruce Greenwood, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Saul Rubinek and Mark Addy.
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Based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel–his last and, arguably, best–BARNEY’S VERSION is the warm, wise, and witty story of Barney Panofsky, (Paul Giamatti), a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. A candid confessional, told from Barney’s point of view, the film spans four decades and two continents, taking us through the different “acts” of his unusual history. Produced by Robert Lantos, the film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood, Macha Grenon and Mark Addy.
Barney’s Version will be released on January 1th, 2011.