The Magistrate (Mark Rylance) of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), whose task it is to report on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire.
The film stars Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Neverland), Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse and the up-coming Tenet), Gana Bayarsaikhan (Ex Machina), and Greta Scacchi (The Girl in the Fog).
WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS was directed by Ciro Guerra and written by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, who adapted the screenplay from his own novel. Two-time Academy Award winner Chris Menges was the cinematographer. The film was produced by Michael Fitzgerald, Olga Segura, Andrea Iervolino of Iervolino Entertainment, and Monika Bacardi with executive producers Sir Martin Franklin, Cristina Gallego, Danielle Maloni, Deborah Dobson Bach, and Penelope Glass.
WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS was originally slated for a theatrical release, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be released on cable on-demand and digital platforms August 7th.