Triumph for the Hollywood-style film
produced in Italy by Iervolino Entertainment
W A I T I N G F O R T H E
B A R B A R I A N S
JOHNNY DEPP ROBERT PATTINSON
produced and distributed by
Top box office per-screen average. Waiting for the Barbarians, a Hollywood film produced by the Italian company Iervolino Entertainment, won over audiences in its first weekend in cinemas. Based on the award-winning novel Waiting for the Barbarians by Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee, who also wrote the screenplay, the film tells the story of the crisis of conscience of a magistrate who rebels against the regime. The film was directed by Colombian director and screenwriter Ciro Guerra, who in 2015 directed Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film in history to be nominated for an Oscar® for Best Foreign Film. The film features a star-studded cast: Mark Rylance (winner of an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, as well as winner of three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and two BAFTAs), Johnny Depp (nominated three times for Oscar® as Best Supporting Actor in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) and Robert Pattinson (protagonist of the cult Twilight saga and the films Bel Ami and Water for Elephants, as well as Christopher Nolan’s much-awaited film The Batman), alongside Gana Bayarsaikhan (Ex Machina, Wonder Woman) and Greta Scacchi (The Girl in the Fog, Presumed Innocent, The Player).
Andrea Iervolino declared: “After the release of the film in the USA and Canada, we are very happy that our film will also be seen in Italy thanks to our partnership with the UniCi circuit and distribution in about 100 cinemas. The film boasts a star-studded cast with great talent framed by the refined, powerful direction of Ciro Guerra and the extraordinary photography of Oscar-winner Chris Menges. The film’s Italian production adds value to this project, not only because it was shot in Italy but also because it benefits from the work of respected local craftsmen such as Jacopo Quadri for editing, Domenico Sica for production design and Carlo Poggioli for costumes, just to name a few. Italy needs to have a more international reach because it deserves to return to being the cradle of cinema, and I am happy to do my part to make this happen very soon”.
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The Magistrate, administrator of an isolated frontier settlement of an unnamed empire, is awaiting retirement with the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task is to report on the activities of the “barbarians” and the security at the border. Joll begins conducting a series of ruthless interrogations. The Colonel’s treatment of the “barbarians” and the torture of a young “barbarian” woman lead the Magistrate to a crisis of conscience and an act of rebellion.