Magazine article Screen International

Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp Drama 'Waiting for the Barbarians' to Get US Digital Release

Magazine article Screen International

Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp Drama 'Waiting for the Barbarians' to Get US Digital Release

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Drama premiered in Venice Film Festival 2019.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Ciro Guerra’s Waiting For The Barbarians starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, and Robert Pattinson and will release on digital platforms in August.

The J.M. Coetzee adaptation had been intended to launch theatrically, however the decision was taken to release on VoD and digital first given uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic as to when theatres might reopen.

Gana Bayarsaikhan and Greta Scacchi also star in the period drama about a magistrate (Rylance) in the frontier of an unnamed empire whose retirement plans are scuppered when a sadistic military officer (Depp) arrives to round up suspected enemies. The drama premiered in Venice Film Festival 2019.

Colombian auteur Guerra, whose credits include Embrace Of The Serpent and Birds Of Passage, directed from Coetzee’s adapted screenplay based on his novel. …

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