Accomplished director Martin Scorsese is set to bring his latest project, Silence, to the big screen this December. The film is based upon Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name, which Scorsese has been looking to deliver a cinematic adaptation of for quite some time.
In 2009, it looked like Silence would star Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael García Bernal, but with the film’s continued delays it seems as though all three ended up either turning it down, or becoming unavailable. Production then finally began in early 2014 by which time performers Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson had been officially cast.
With Garfield appearing in the main role, as Jesuit priest Father Rodrigues (based on the historical Italian figure Giuseppe Chiara), there is of course a huge amount of weight on his shoulders to carry such an important vehicle for Scorsese. The 74-year-old filmmaker has stated that this is very much an important passion piece for him, but having witnessed Garfield’s recent performances, such as his work in Mel Gibson’s latest directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge, we can totally belive in the actor’s ability to faithfully resurrect the Father Rodrigues of Endo’s novel.
Official Description and Trailer:
In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.
The new trailer completely immerses the viewer in the turbulent lives of “Kakure Kirishitan” (hidden Christians) facing persecution in Japan during the seventeenth century. The methods of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the last feudal Japanese military government, were often extreme in attempting to force believers to renounce their faith and allegiance to God, and the movie looks to depict the reality of the brutality involved in all its horrific detail.
It seems Scorsese himself wants to tell this story from an ongoing desire to explore the big questions surrounding God, and of course, being an artist, he’s trying to display his point of view in order that the audience would challenge themselves to do the same. In additition, the film can also serve as a reminder, and draw attention, to the fact that believers are still persecuted across many parts of the world today.
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Silence opens in UK cinemas January 1st, 2017.