September 10, 2010 – Barney’s Version has won the Leoncino d’Oro Award. The prize’s title translates to “golden lion cub,” a play on the main Venice prize – the Golden Lion (Leone d’Oro). Voted on by a group of local school children, in the past the award has been a harbinger of further acclaim with six of the previous 18 Leoncino winners going on to win the Golden Lion.

Produced by Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises, Being Julia), whose quest to bring Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning novel to the screen took more than a decade, the film was directed by Richard J. Lewis (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Whale Music) from a screenplay by Michael Konyves.

Barney’s Version takes us through the many highs, and all too many lows of the long and colorful life of Barney Panofsky played by Academy Award Nominee, Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man). Barney’s candid confessional spans four decades and two continents, and includes three wives, one outrageous father and a charmingly dissolute best friend.

The film features an ensemble cast that includes two time Academy Award Winner Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike (An Education, Pride & Prejudice), Academy Award Nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Ella Enchanted), Rachelle Lefevre (New Moon, Twilight, Fugitive Pieces), Scott Speedman (The Strangers, Underworld) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, National Treasure: Book of Secrets).

Barney’s Version screens In Competition at the Venice Film Festival this evening, Friday, September 10 and its North American Gala Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival is on Sunday, September 12. UPI will release the film in the UK and Spain on January 7th.

Barney’s Version is co-produced by Domenico Procacci, Lyse Lafontaine and Ari Lantos. Mark Musselman is executive producer. It is a Serendipity Point Films production in association with Rome’s Fandango and Montreal-based Lyla Films. John Fremes, President of World Wide Distribution, Essential Entertainment is handling international sales. Medusa will distribute in Italy, EOne in Canada.

About Serendipity Point Films:

Robert Lantos’ Serendipity Point Films is a boutique motion picture production company. Mr. Lantos’ recent credits include: Eastern Promises, Nominated for an Academy Award and 3 Golden Globes including Best Picture; Being Julia, Nominated for an Academy Award and Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress; Sunshine, Nominated for 3 Golden Globes including Best Picture and The Sweet Hereafter, Nominated for two Academy Awards and Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix.