Release date: January 1
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Genre: Drama, History
Over an illustrious 58-year career, Martin Scorsese has used faith-based films as a periodic escape from the dark, violent world of gangsters where he’s made himself at home.
Silence becomes the third film in the great director’s religious repertoire. The story follows two Jesuit priests on a journey to Japan to rescue their mentor who has been captured, tortured, and forced to abandon his faith.
Scorsese’s dreams of bringing Shûsaku Endô’s novel to the big screen date back to the 1990s, but in the ten years since he announced his intent to direct an adaptation, any attempt to get production underway collapsed, putting his passion project on hold. Now, his twenty-year wait is finally over.
One of the few blessings resulting from such a delay is the allowance of time for Scorsese to get a proper handle on the material and assemble a tantalising cast that includes Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield.