Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all American distribution rights for the Canadian film Barney's Version, which was produced by Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises). This film directed by Richard J. Lewis and based on a novel by Canadian writer Mordecai Richler is currently being screened at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in Canada in winter 2010.
We follow Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), an English-speaking Jew from Montreal, who feels in love for the first time of his life. However, it appears that he'll be married three times. Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), Barney's first wife, is a beautiful writer, but she's mentally ill. The second wife (Minnie Driver) left Barney at the time Boogie (Scott Speedman), Barney's best friend, disappeared. Miriam (Rosamund Pike), the third wife, left Barney for another man and he hopes that she'll come back to him.
The film is a co-production between Canada and Italy. Besides, it was made with a budget of $28 million. As for the shooting locations, the cast and the crew went to Montreal, Austin, the Laurentian region (all in Quebec, Canada), Rome and New York.
Furthermore, note that while Barney travelled to Paris in the novel, the producers decided to make the character travel in Italy instead. After all, the character of Barney Panofsky and the book Barney's Version are very popular in Italy.
Finally, the film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Greenwood, Saul Rubinek, Clé Bennett, Macha Grenon, Ellen David, Mark Addy, Maury Chaykin and Harvey Atkin.