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Fuzzy math for 'Arithmetic' duo.

You'd think that having your pic tapped as the closing-night film at the Toronto Film Festival would be an uplifting experience. But Canadian scribe Jefferson Lewis and director Paolo Barzman are going through an "Emotional" wringer.

Yes, their film "Emotional Arithmetic" is heavy stuff--Susan Sarandon and Gabriel Byrne revisit the damage done by the Holocaust four decades later--but it's the wrangling over script credit that has become wrenching.

Arbitrators at the Writers Guild of Canada ruled in January that Lewis was to receive sole credit for the screenplay, based on the novel by Malt Cohen. But then Barzman took Lewis to Quebec Superior Court to have the case heard by a judge. That suit was dismissed July 19 for jurisdictional reasons, but Barzman continues to fight.

Barzman says via email that he plans to appeal and that, "If I have to, I will then pursue in Ontario."

Lewis just hopes his credit win doesn't turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory. "I hope that I can somehow get an invitation to the screening and the gala, since I'd like to be there," he says.

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Title Annotation:Smoke & Mirrors: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BIZ'S DEALS, DECISIONS AND DIVERSIONS; Jefferson Lewis and Paolo Barzman fighting over writing credits for movie "Emotional Arithmetic"
Author:Tillson, Tamsen
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jul 30, 2007
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