From acclaimed director Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent, Birds of Passage) comes Waiting for the Barbarians, "an insightful allegory about the ravages of colonialism, with a fine script by J.M. Coetzee from his acclaimed novel." (Arts Fuse)
The Magistrate (Academy Award winner Mark Rylance) of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), 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, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire.
"Guerra has tweaked the novel's Beckettian coda, and the film's final shot provides a full stop that is ... appropriately apocalyptic. The barbarians are us, and the wait is over." --The Guardian