Richard J. Lewis and Michael Konyves take home the annual award
TORONTO, June 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada this morning
presented its annual Golden Box Office Award to the director of Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis, and to the film's scriptwriter, Michael Konyves, in a ceremony attended by producer Robert Lantos and actors Anna Hopkins, Clé Bennett and Howard Jerome. The Award includes a cash prize of $20,000 for each of the winners.
The Golden Box Office Award has been presented every year for the past
three years to the Canadian director and writer of the English-language
Canadian feature-length film that earned the highest box office during
the preceding year. For 2011, Barney's Version generated over $3.2 million at the box office in Canada. The award
presentation took place at Caplansky's Delicatessen in Toronto,
purveyors of classic Montreal-style smoked meat - a tribute to that
city's importance in the film's story line.
"From the Genie Awards to the Golden Globes, Barney's Version has had an impressive success on the national and international scene,
winning more than 15 awards while also scoring a popular success as
well," said Telefilm executive director Carolle Brabant. "This success would not be possible without the tremendous talent that
abounds in our industry — which is why the Golden Box Office Award is
presented to those who work behind the camera. Our 'Goldie' is a
departure from most box-office awards that usually go to producers or
Director Richard J. Lewis expressed "a huge thank you to Telefilm for
its continued and tireless commitment to telling great Canadian stories
- films that have proven to not only have immense appeal at home but
all over the globe. As Canadian filmmakers, it is incumbent upon us to
realize how lucky we are to have this amazing program behind us. Making
Barney's Version was a gift unto itself. I am humbled and delighted by this most
generous acknowledgement from Telefilm."
Writer Michael Konyves added, "Thanks and congratulations go to everyone
involved with bringing Mordecai Richler's brilliant novel to screen. It
was a hell of journey to get there. We, as Canadian artists, are
incredibly fortunate to have Telefilm there to help support us in
telling our stories - stories that resonate all over the world. We have
a wonderful film community in Canada, one that I am honoured and proud
to be a part of."
Barney's Version, starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman and Rosamund Pike, was produced by Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point Films and is
distributed in Canada by Entertainment One.
The sister 2011 Guichet d'Or Award was recently presented in Montreal to
the French-language film Starbuck.
The winners of the 2010 Golden Box Office Award were Vincenzo Natali, director and co-author of the film Splice, and co-author Doug Taylor.
Image with caption: "From left to right: Anna Hopkins, Robert Lantos (Serendipity Point Films), Michael Konyves, Ari Lantos, Carolle Brabant (Telefilm Canada), Richard J. Lewis, Michel Pradier (Telefilm Canada), Howard Jerome, Clé Bennett and Bryan Gliserman (Entertainment One). (CNW Group/TELEFILM CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120614_C9008_PHOTO_EN_15155.jpg
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