- Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires 'Waiting for the Barbarians' drama starring Mark Rylance and Johnny Depp.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the North American rights to Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s Waiting for the Barbarians feature based on novel and screenplay by South African Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee. The film is set to be released via digital streaming platforms this August amid the novel coronavirus pandemic affecting theatrical releases.
Oscar-winner Mark Ryland stars as the Magistrate of a small frontier town in an unnamed totalitarian empire who attempts to overlook a foreseeable war with the indigenous people, so-called “barbarians”. Oscar nominee Johnny Depp also joined the cast as Colonel Joll, whose task as a high-ranking officer of the Empire was to investigate rumors that the ‘barbarians’ would engage in an uprising against the Empire. Joll’s torturous interrogations and dehumanizing treatment of prisoners of war caused for the Magistrate to reconsider his loyalty to the Empire and turn his indifference into a rebellious act against the Empire by protecting the ‘barbarians’.
“It is a timeless story that speaks volumes to our world today, and we’re very happy and excited to be finally bringing it to audiences in the US through this partnership with Samuel Goldwyn Films,” said Guerra. “Waiting for the Barbarians is filled with powerful and moving performances from Mark, Johnny, Robert [Pattinson], and Gana [Bayarsaikhan]. The cinematography is beautiful and director Ciro Guerra creates a world that forces us to look deeper into ourselves and ask, “What would I do?”. Samuel Goldwyn Films is proud to bring this film to audiences,” Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films noted in a statement.
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