A long running passion project for Martin Scorsese, Silence finally hits our screens this January, just in time for awards season. Adapted by Gangs of New York screenwriter Jay Cocks from the 1966 novel by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō, Silence is an exploration of the depth of faith and courage in the face of unspeakable horror.
"...an exploration of the depth of faith and courage in the face of unspeakable horror."
Young Portuguese Jesuit Sebastião Rodrigues (99 Homes’ Andrew Garfield) and his companion Fr. Francisco Garrpe (Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Adam Driver) arrive in Japan in 1639 looking for their mentor Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson). They find that the local Christian population has been driven underground. To ferret out hidden believers, security officials force suspected Christians to trample on a fumie, a crudely carved image of Christ. Those who refuse are imprisoned, tortured and killed. Rodrigues and Garrpe are eventually captured themselves and are forced to watch as Japanese Christians lay down their lives for the faith. There is no glory in these martyrdoms, as Rodrigues had always imagined – only brutality and cruelty. While Rodrigues accepts the idea of suffering for the sake of one's own faith, he struggles with the notion that his self-centred refusal to recant could prolong another’s suffering.
Shot by Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo, Brokeback Mountain) with Taiwan standing in for 17th century Japan, Silence is as visually stunning as it is emotionally driven. We have every faith that Marty will deliver on his promise and do this stunning novel justice.