JM Coetzee’s ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ to premiere at Venice film festival

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Cape Town – The film adaptation of JM Coetzee’s novel Waiting for the Barbarians will have its world premiere at the Venice film festival in September. 

The upcoming drama directed by Circo Guerra stars Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it centres on a character known as the Magistrate (Rylance) a loyal servant of “the Empire” who’s has a crisis of conscience.

The Magistrate is replaced by a warrant officer for the Empire (Pattinson) after he is charged with treason.

Depp plays Colonel Joll, the leader of a special forces expedition who captures barbarians and tortures them publicly.

La vérité (The Truth), directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu will open the festival on 28 August and the Mick Jagger heist film The Burnt Orange Heresy will close the festival on 7 September. 

READ MORE: Oliver Hermanus’ new film ‘Moffie’ to premiere at Venice Film Festival



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