Project Description

Waiting for the barbarians

Direct by Ciro Guerra


Inspired by the novel Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003, the film is based on the identity crisis of the “Magistrate” – a faithful servant of the Empire who works in a small border town, doing his best to ignore an inevitable war with the “barbarians”. After witnessing
the cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war, he reconsiders his role in the regime and completes a quixotic act of rebellion.

  • Film script: J.M. COETZEE “Nobel Prize for literature” – Taken from his novel of the same name.


Mark Rylance

Johnny Depp

Robert Pattinson

Gana Bayarsaikhan