Waiting for the Barbarians Movie

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Who's Involved:

Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, J.M. Coetzee, Mark Rylance, Greta Scacchi, Ciro Guerra, Gana Bayarsaikhan

Release Date:

Friday, August 7, 2020 (VOD / Digital)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 1 hr, 42 m

Plot: What's the story about?

The MAGISTRATE, administrator of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire, looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of COLONEL JOLL, 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. The treatment of the ‘barbarians’ at the hands of the Colonel and the torture of a young ‘barbarian’ woman combine to lead the Magistrate to a crisis of conscience and a quixotic act of rebellion.

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A look at the Waiting for the Barbarians behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Ciro Guerra last directed Embrace of the Serpent and The Wind Journeys.


Ciro Guerra


J.M. Coetzee

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Key Facts

  1. Based on J.M. Coetzee 's novel which was first published in 1980.

Filming Timeline

On or about June 30, 2020, the film was in Completed status.

On or about July 20, 2018, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Principal photography slated to begin this fall in Europe and North America.

On or about October 23, 2016, the film was in Development status.

Waiting for the Barbarians Release Date: When was it released?

Waiting for the Barbarians was released in 2020 on Friday, August 7, 2020 (VOD / Digital release). There were 16 other movies released on the same date, including Made in Italy, Black Water: Abyss and Max Reload and The Nether Blasters.

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