Barney's Version director and screenwriter win Telefilm prize for box-office returns


The director and screenwriter of Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis and Michael Konyves, have won Telefilm Canada's annual Golden Box Office Award.

Each winner takes home $20,000.

Producer Robert Lantos and actors Anna Hopkins, Clé Bennett, and Howard Jerome attended the ceremony, which took place at Caplansky's Delicatessen in Toronto. It sells the Montreal-style smoked meat that was at the heart of the story.

The "Goldie" goes to the Canadian feature film that generated the largest box-office returns over the previous year. Barney's Version generated $3.2 million in Canada in 2011 and won more than 15 awards.

Its two major stars were Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, and the screenplay was adapted from the novel of the same name by Mordecai Richler.

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