Martin Scorsese has been working since 1990 to film Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Silence. Freed from production hell, Scorsese started filming two years ago and, after a long editing process, opened the film at the Vatican this November. Silence sees two 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Mishawaka-native Adam Driver) travel to Japan after rumors swirl that their mentor (Liam Neeson) has committed apostasy while on his mission to convert the Japanese to Catholicism. Arriving in Japan, the Portuguese priests seek their mentor and encounter a warm welcome from underground Christians but brutal violence from the Japanese ruling class, which forces painful questions regarding their faith commitment.
Directed by Martin Scorsese
With Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano
Rated R, 161 minutes, DCP
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