Barely a month from release, the first trailer of legendary director Martin Scorsese’s long-in-development film Silence has been released.
Like every Scorsese film, Silence too comes with its share of fanfare. It has been in development for a number of years, and because of the false starts, has been through several changes in cast. But the film we get now looks more epic in its scope than we would have initially imagined. There’s a reason it has been Scorsese’s passion project for over 20 years.
It’s the story of two Jesuit priests, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who are sent to Feudal Japan to locate their mentor, Liam Neeson.
Scorsese is no stranger to films about faith, and the loss of it. In Silence, each of the three main characters must face some kind of realisation about what their faith means to them.
“I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?” asks Garfield’s character, as the trailer descends into a frenzy of drums and quick cuts. There are shots — all gorgeous, by the way — of the seaside, shanty towns, Japanese aristocracy, crucifixions, and even a swordfight.
Silence, for now, has no definite release date, but it will arrive sometime in December (probably on in North America) to qualify for an Oscars run — and will probably win several golden statues next year. It also stars Ciaran Hinds and Tadanobu Asano and is shot by the great Rodrigo Prieto.
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