Whoa. Talk about a long wait.

Cinephiles have been eagerly anticipating director Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” for what seems like an eternity. Initially targeted to be released last year, the film was delayed because the man was reportedly having difficulty shaving the running time from over 4 hours to a more manageable (and screening-friendly) sub-3 hours. Why is also the reason/excuse for not having a single poster or trailer until now. I don’t buy that, but the fact is, a Martin Scorsese is almost always worth waiting for.

Especially when he tackles a period piece. “Silence” is set in Edo-era Japan, and stars Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield as Christian missionaries caught in the turbulence of the period. The film is being screened for the first time for Jesuit priests at the Vatican City soon, and we suspect the reaction is not going to be mild. Like “The Last Temptation Of Christ” or “Kundun”, whenever Scorsese takes on religious material, the results are fiery. That aside, this looks absolutely stunning.

Here’s the summary: “Scorsese, who worked closely with Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich on the making of the film, wrote the screenplay with Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York), based on the book Silence by Shusaku Endo. The film is produced by Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street), along with Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor), Barbara Defina (Goodfellas), Vittorio Cecchi Gori (Il Postino), Irwin Winkler (Creed). Producer Gaston Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for Silence, alongside Executive Producer Dale A. Brown of Sharpsword Films.

“Silence” stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Girls), Liam Neeson (Taken), Tadanobu Asano (Thor), Issey Ogata (The Sun), Ciaran Hinds (Bleed For This), Yosuke Kubozuka (Go), and Yoshi Oida (The Pillow Book). It premieres in limited release 23rd December to qualify for awards consideration, followed by a wide release in January 2017.


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