Production wrapped today in Rome on one of the most buzzed about films of the year – the feature adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s prize-winning novel “Waiting for the Barbarians”, directed by Ciro Guerra, produced by Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, and starring multiple Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise), Academy Award® winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk,” “Ready Player One”) and Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga”, “Good Time,” “The Lost City of Z”).
The film was financed and produced by Andrea Iervolino’s social entertainment platform TaTaTu. Alongside TaTaTu, the movie was produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.
“Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of the conscience of the Magistrate (Rylance) – a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town. A warrant officer for the Empire, Mandel (Pattinson), is sent to replace the Magistrate’s position after the Magistrate has been charged with treason – consorting with the barbarians. Johnny Depp plays the sinister Colonel Joll.
The story is a startling allegory of the war between oppressor and oppressed. Mandel is a character that must choose between what he feels is right and his duty to the Empire in the midst of conflict.
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