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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Richard J. Lewis’s Barney’s Version

If the film somehow retains the complex nature (narrator) of the novel, then I think we’ll understand why this project which has been in the works for more than a decade. A great ensemble lead by Paul Giamatti and cameos from David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan should make this a savory blend.

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#87. Barney’s Version

Director: Richard J. Lewis
Writer(s): Michael Konyves
Producers: Robert Lantos
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler, this tells the story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky (Giamatti)…(more)

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Dustin Hoffman, Rachelle Lefevre, Bruce Greenwood, Minnie Driver, and Scott Speedman.

Why is it on the list?: If the film somehow retains the complex nature (narrator) of the novel, then I think we’ll understand why this project which has been in the works for more than a decade (see news report here). A great ensemble lead by Paul Giamatti and cameos from David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan should make this a savory blend.

Release Date/Status?: This Canadian production should be TIFF’s 2010 opening film. U.S purchase a done deal with names like Giamatti and Hoffman on board.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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