Category: Movies

Waiting for the Barbarians

 

Waiting for the Barbarians is a 2019 action drama film directed by Ciro Guerra in his English-language directorial debut. The film is based on the 1980 novel of the same name by J. M. Coetzee. It stars Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan, and Greta Scacchi.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2019. It was released on August 7, 2020, by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics, who criticized the film for its execution, the film was positively welcomed from audiences who praised its story, emotional weight, cast performances (especially those of Rylance and Depp), musical score, the tone, action scenes, the screenplay, and the directing.

Plot

The Magistrate (Mark Rylance) manages an outpost on the desert frontiers of an unnamed Empire. His careful management has kept the peace for many years and there are only minor misunderstandings. All that changes with the arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), who is acting as part of a mysterious plan set in motion by the centre of the empire. The Magistrate tries his best but Colonel Joll remains antagonistic. Colonel Joll insists on interrogating an innocent man and his nephew for sheep rustling. Colonel Joll is determined to follow his process for getting the truth, which requires brutal torture. The Magistrate doesnt understand Joll, or his methods, or his goals. Colonel Joll then forces the tortured nephew to escort him and a detachment of soldiers to his tribe, where numerous women and elderly men are taken into custody as “prisoners of war”.

Colonel Joll departs the next day, which prompts the Magistrate to immediately release the prisoners and send them home. A few months later, a former prisoner with two broken ankles (Gana Bayarsaikhan) is seen panhandling in the streets. The Magistrate gives her food and shelter, and attempts to heal her broken ankles. Some of the soldiers mistake this act of kindness for an act of lust, believing that the Magistrate intends to keep the girl as a concubine. The Magistrate learns of all the tortures and hardships the girl has gone through, including the death of her father. He asks her to stay at the fort, but promises to return her to her people if she does not wish to stay. The girl chooses the latter.

After a long and arduous journey through the desert, the Magistrate approaches the nomads in the mountains hoping to restore relations with them, but the nomads are upset and only the Magistrate’s reputation and the knowledge that he helped one of their own keeps the tribesmen from butchering him and his escorts. The Magistrate returns to find Officer Mandel (Robert Pattinson), Colonel Joll’s underling, has been assigned to command the fort. Officer Mandel immediately takes the Magistrate into custody, accuses him of treachery, and strips him of his office.

The Magistrate is eventually released, but when he tries to help “prisoners of war” being mistreated by Mandel’s soldiers, the soldiers beat and abuse him. He is then brought in for questioning and accused of consorting with the enemy for helping the nomad girl. The Magistrate is publicly shamed and has his home and possessions confiscated, while Colonel Joll departs with a large force to wipe out the mountain nomads. The Magistrate, now disheveled, poor, homeless, and ostracized by his countrymen, is taken in by one of his former servants (Greta Scacchi), who feeds and clothes him.

One morning, a horse carrying the corpse of one of Colonel Joll’s men walks into the fort. Officer Mandel walks away in fear and quickly resigns his command. The local European colonists feel betrayed and abandoned, fearing that the barbarians will take revenge on them without any soldiers to man the fort. As Officer Mandel and his men depart, the Magistrate takes advantage of the chaos to move back into his original home. Soon enough, Colonel Joll returns with only a handful of survivors. The Magistrate goes to see a pensive and defeated Colonel Joll sitting in his carriage, seeming completely detached from reality while his soldiers hastily gather provisions and horses. As the colonists angrily pelt them with stones, the Colonel and his men depart the fort later that evening.

The Magistrate returns to a town bereft of young men, where boys play-pretend to stand guard around scarecrows dressed as soldiers by the gates of the fort. The movie closes with a shadow approaching the Magistrate standing alone in the courtyard, and a cloud of dust on the horizon – dust thrown up by an army of apparently nomadic warriors headed towards the fort.

Cast

Mark Rylance as The Magistrate
Johnny Depp as Colonel Joll
Robert Pattinson as Officer Mandel
Gana Bayarsaikhan as “The Girl”
Greta Scacchi as Mai
David Dencik as The Clerk
Sam Reid as The Lieutenant
Harry Melling as Garrison Soldier 4
Bill Milner as Garrison Soldier 5

Production

It was announced in October 2016 that filmmaker Ciro Guerra was working on an adaptation of the novel Waiting for the Barbarians, which would see him make his English language debut. Mark Rylance was announced to star in the film.

In May 2018, Johnny Depp was stated to have contacted Guerra in regard to appearing in the film. Robert Pattinson was revealed as being cast in the film as well.  Depp confirmed in October he would star in the film, and revealed filming was to begin at the end of the month in Morocco, later pinpointed as being October 29. Production concluded on December 14, 2018.

Release

Waiting for the Barbarians had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2019. Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, and released it on August 7, 2020.

Critic

Waiting for the Barbarians holds a 54% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews with an average of 6/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “Admirable in theory but disappointing in execution, Waiting for the Barbarians struggles to turn strong performances and worthy themes into affecting drama.” On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 52 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.

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Puffins

Puffins follows the adventures of a bunch of funny little birds, minions of the sly walrus Otto. Main characters of the series are five Puffins: Johnny Puff, two males, Tic and Tac, and two females, Didi and Pie.
The voice and appearance of the main character Johnny Puff are based on the personality of the legendary Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, who, in the company of superheroes, becomes a ninja in the new series.

“Waiting for the Barbarians” to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

“Waiting for the Barbarians” is to premiere at this month’s Venice Film Festival in Italy.

It’s said that for almost 20 years film-makers struggle to get investors interested in a film adaptation of Waiting for the Barbarians, JM Coetzee’s novel, dealing with a complex tale of immigration and integration.
Finally, the film, starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson, is receiving its world premiere at this month’s Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

All the actors were motivated by a desire to convey the “message” of the film, as well as explore its “artistic component,” said Andrea Iervolino, one of the producers.

“Another production company was trying to do this movie for 20 years. Then they proposed the idea … to me and Monika Bacardi, my business partner. We loved [it] right away because this movie, like the book, speaks about integration and immigration in a world of division,” Iervolino told the Observer.

“Now all governments try to push away immigration, so immigrants are not really welcome. But this movie will show how important and beautiful integration and immigration can be … We believe that the message which this movie gives is very important, more important than 10 or 20 years ago.”

Johnny portrays Colonel Joll, a heartless bureaucrat despatched by the Empire’s secret service amid claims that the barbarians are preparing to mutiny.

The Professor – New Stills + Promotional Images

New posters, promotional images and movie stills for The Professor have been released.

Edit: I intended to publish this post yesterday already along with the post about the personalized jacket by Sandersson for Johnny, but apparently it wasn’t published.

Well, as the title reveals, new posters, movie stills and promotional images for Johnny’s upcoming movie The Professor have been released, which can be found in our photo gallery, of course. The poster is the one for the Netherlands, that’y why it still contains the former movie title Richard Says Goodbye, which was changed to The Professor in the United States.

Cannes First Look: Johnny in “Minamata”

Exclusive Cannes First Look of Johnny as war photographer W. Eugene Smith in “Minatama”

Johnny Depp is joined by Japanese actress Minami (Battle Royale) in this exclusive still from Minamata, which was revealed exclusively in Cannes.

For those who don’t know yet, the drama – being directed by Andrew Levitas – sees Johnny as acclaimed war photographer W. Eugene Smith. Levitas directs from a screenplay by David K. Kessler, who adapted the book by Smith and his wife, Aileen Mioko Smith. Bill Nighy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Ryo Kase and Jun Kunimura also star.

The redemptive thriller sees Smith (played by Johnny) take on a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata, Japan, in 1971. With the glory days of World War II far behind him, Smith has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from a Life magazine editor (Bill Nighy) convince him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community.

Johnny is producing via his Infinitum Nihil banner, along with Sam Sarkar and Levitas under his Metalwork Pictures banner, and Gabrielle Tana. Jason Forman, Stephen Deuters, Peter Watson, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Gabrielle Stewart, Stephen Spence, Peter Touche, Norman Merry, Kevan Van Thompson and Peter Hampden are executive producing.

HanWay Films is handling international sales and distribution on Minamata, which will continue in Cannes. CAA Media Finance will handle U.S. rights.

The Professor Trailer

So, apparently I missed sharing the latest trailer for Johnny’s upcoming movie The Professor with you, which was released two days ago. Shame on me!
For those who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll now gladly make good for it. By the way, the official release date has been set to be on May 17 in the United States. Enjoy!

[RUMORS] Johnny Spotted in Lacock for Fantastic Beasts 3

Johnny was spotted in Lacock, Wiltshire, England for Fantastic Beasts 3.

Apparently, the production of Fantastic Beasts 3 has begun. As the title already says, Johnny was spotted in Lacock, Wiltshire in England to reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts installment.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for release in November 2020, continuing the pattern of the first film (November 2016) and its sequel (November 2018) but nothing has been confirmed yet. There are two more sequels to come, which means 5 Fantastic Beasts movies in total. We don’t know yet whether Johnny will appear as Grindelwald in the fourth and fifth movie though.

As the headline says, I marked this post as a rumor since it has NOT been confirmed whether Johnny’s stay in Lacock is connected to the start of production of Fantastic Beasts 3 or whether he was really seen at all. The news website reporting his appearances is Wiltshire Times.

New Sneak Peek of Johnny in “Minamata”

As the title says, a new image of Johnny as W. Eugene Smith behind the scenes of Minamata has been posted by photographer Greg Williams on his official Instagram account. The caption of the photo said:

#johnnydepp having wrapped for the day on the film #minamata in #montenegro where he plays the greatest photo essayist of all time (in my humble opinion) #WEugeneSmith while documenting the mercury poisoning of the Japanese city in the 70s
Wonderful Eugene Smith
Having finished the day shooting a scene in an outdoor bath he was driven home in a dressing gown to keep him dry and warm, see the water drops still in his face
Shot in the back of a car and lit with the shitty L.E.D. light you get above a car door, impossibly slow shutter speed, his prosthetic beard still on

We added the photo of Johnny to our photo gallery. Enjoy!

Johnny Talking to a Parrot While Filming “Minamata”

Johnny was filmed and photographed while talking to a parrot during the filming of Minamata in Belgrade, Serbia on March 03, 2019. The owner of the bird, Isador Isa Saric, posted the following images to his Facebook page, writing:

”#JackSparrow meets #BebaTheParrot World Exclusive from one famous Belgrade Hotel”

Especially, the unique video of Johnny Depp’s talking to the baby, kidding, a little and cursing in Serbian, and she’s like chill 😁 because the baby is one of the rare that ” caught the sparrow”