Barney’s Version on the Road from the Venice Film Festival to TIFF to the San Sebastian Film Festival to Innis College.
On Monday, November 22nd, the Cinema Studies Institute and the Innis Alumni Network presented a screening of BARNEY’S VERSION –a film based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel of the same title. Producer Robert Lantos’ BARNEY’S VERSION premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Leoncino d’Oro Audience Award. The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the San Sebastian Film Festival where it won another Audience Award.
BARNEY’S VERSION is the warm, wise, and witty story of Barney Panofsky, (Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Winner Paul Giamatti), a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Barney’s candid confessional spans four decades and two continents, and includes three wives (Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, and Rachelle Lefevre), one outrageous father (Dustin Hoffman), and a charmingly dissolute best friend (Scott Speedman). BARNEY’S VERSION takes us through the many highs — and a few too many lows — of a long and colorful life with an unlikely hero at its center —the unforgettable Barney Panofsky.
The packed theatre not only enjoyed a pre-release screening of the film but they were also treated to a Question and Answer with Producer Robert Lantos. Robert Lantos, past Chair of the Cinema Studies Institute Campaign Advisory Board, and close friend of Innis College, sat down with Professor Charlie Keil, Director, Cinema Studies Institute, to discuss the film, his passion for Mordecai Richler’s Barney’s Version, his views on Canadian cinema, and his 12 year struggle to put the best-selling novel on the big screen.
Producer Robert Lantos’ credits include the Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominated “Eastern Promises”, the Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominated “Being Julia”, Golden Globe Nominated “Sunshine”, Cannes Grand Prix Winner and Academy Award Nominated “The Sweet Hereafter”, Berlin Silver Bear Winner “eXistenz”, Cannes Special Jury Prize Winner “Crash”, Best Picture Genie Winners “Ararat” and “Black Robe.” Mr. Lantos most recent credit is the Cannes Award Winner “Adoration.”