Silence, Martin Scorsese’s most recent film, has created quite a buzz. Starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver in lead roles, the film is set to hit cinemas in India this Friday on 17th February, 2017. Based on Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name, the film takes us on the journey of two Jesuit priests who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor.
Silence has been popping up in the news for several years now and is considered as one of Scorsese’s most passionate projects. Before you watch the film this week, we have listed down everything you need to know about Silence.
It took almost 30 years to make
Since Martin Scorsese read Shūsaku Endō’s novel in 1989, the filmmaker had his heart set on the story which he wanted to adapt into a film. With several other projects, the director could not dedicate himself to the film. However, in 2014 he decided to finally bring his dream project to light.
Preparing for the film was not easy
Scorsese took almost no salary
The film met several hurdles related to the script, legal rights and budget before it saw the light of day. When the budget was reduced, all the actors including Neeson, Garfield and Driver worked on a minimum scale and Scorsese took almost no fee.
Shot in the landscapes of Taiwan
Mostly known for his films with largely urban vibes like Taxi Driver, The Goodfellas and Gangs of New York, Silence was a step in a new direction for the ace director as well. While themes of faith, guilt and sin run common in all of his films, Silence was shot in the picturesque landscapes of Taiwan, a new experience for Scorsese.
Silence is a film Scorsese’s ardent fans have been eagerly waiting for. His conviction and dedication to making this film give us an idea of how special it is going to be. You can watch the trailer for Silence here: