Mar 21, 2012
Starring Paul Giamatti in his Golden Globe winning role
BARNEY'S VERSION, produced by Robert Lantos and based on Mordecai Richler's Giller prize winning novel will be broadcast on CBC Television on Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).
Following the season finale of HEARTLAND at 7 p.m. (7:30NT), and MARKETPLACE at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), BARNEY'S VERSION stars Paul Giamatti (Golden Globe Best Actor), Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman and Dustin Hoffman. Directed by Richard J. Lewis from a screenplay by Michael Konyves, BARNEY'S VERSION brings to life Richler's final novel.
BARNEY'S VERSION was nominated for an Academy Award®, won a Golden Globe, the "Leoncino d'Oro" Award at the Venice Film Festival, the Audience Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and at home in Canada won seven Genie Awards.
"This television event has special significance because Barney's Version could not have been made without the CBC's unwavering support," said producer Robert Lantos. "Many years ago, the CBC was the first to commit to the financing of the film. So the March 25 broadcast is the culmination of a long coming home journey."
Based on Mordecai Richler's beloved novel--his last and, arguably, best--BARNEY'S VERSION is the warm, wise, and witty story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), who meets the love of his life (Rosamund Pike) at his wedding - and she is not the bride. Barney's candid confessional spans three 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 centre --the unforgettable Barney Panofsky.
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