A film version of Mordecai Richler’s final novel will open this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, organizers announced yesterday.

Barney’s Version, directed by Richard J. Lewis and starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, will run Sept. 30 during the festival’s opening gala.

The festival, which is celebrating its 29th year, will feature 137 premieres, including 12 world premieres. Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist is the festival’s closing gala.

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