30 years in the making of Silence the making of the movie

Silence is a 2016 historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo.

(from left) Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver.

The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciaran Hinds. The plot of the movie follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholicism.

Martin Scorsese

After reading the book on a train to Kyoto, Scorsese fell in love with the story of man’s connection to faith. But it took him 30 years to make his passionate project.

A crucifixtion scene from the movie

The issue that the film deals with is the issue of ‘cultural differences’.

The movie is made without any fast paced camera movements as attention was given to the atmosphere, the mist, shapes of the mountains, the mud and colour of grass; instead of thinking about shooting with different angles.

Movie's poster

The Cinematography is done by Rodrigo Prieto who has done cinematography for movies like, Passengers, Lust Caution, Argo and also Scorsese's previous film the Wolf Of Wall Street. Scorsese finds himself lucky to have worked with him. Both the director and the cinematographer have given importance to the atmosphere like the lighting, the mist, the shapes of rocks, the colour of Grass etc rather than experimenting with camera angles and different styles.

Liam Neeson

Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, worked closely with the filmmakers to ensure an accurate portrayal of the Jesuits

The film premiered in Rome on November 29, 2016. It was released in the US on December 23, 2016. The film has generally gathered positive reviews.

Silence will release in India on 17th February, 2017.

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