Colombian auteur Ciro Guerra, whose first English-language film Waiting For The Barbarians has been in the Cannes virtual market, has denied sexual misconduct allegations.
Online feminist magzine Volcánicas published this week claims by a number of unnamed women alleging misconduct over a number of recent years.
Guerro said in a video posted online that the allegations were “completely false” and said he had no alternative but to pursue legal channels to clear his name.
The filmmaker captured the attention with 2009 Cannes selection The Wind Journeys and followed that up with the universally acclaimed 2015 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry and Colombian Oscar nominee Embrace Of The Serpent in 2015.
He returned to the Croisette in 2018 with Cannes Directors’ Fortnight opener Birds Of Passage, which was also selected as Colombia’s Oscar submission but did not earn a nomination, and has since directed his English-language debut Waiting For The Barbarians, which stars Mark Rylance and Johnny Depp and is distributed in the US by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Guerra directed the Netflix series Green Frontier and has been working with his longtime collaborator Cristina Gallego on a Hernan Cortez mini-series for Amazon Prime and Amblin Television.