Martin Scorsese’s Silence

Martin Scorsese brings his passion project, Silence, to the screen

Finally finished after 27 years, Martin Scorsese’s latest film Silence has been a labor of love. His second run-in with religious introspection (after 1988’s controversial The Last Temptation of Christ), the acclaimed filmmaker wrote, directed and produced this adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s reflection on the nature of faith with intense performances and breathtaking cinematography over a 160-minute runtime.


After hearing that their mentor, Father Ferreira, (Liam Neeson), has renounced his faith during the Christian purges in Edo-period Japan, the young Jesuit priests Rodrigues and Garrpe (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) depart to seek him out. Confronted with the brutal subjugation of whole congregations, they soon face the conundrum of recanting in the face of persecution themselves. Exploring themes of pragmatism vs. idealism, Scorsese juxtaposes the beautiful landscape with scenes of graphic torture.

Silence

Starting March 3 at Artis International and Haydn English Cinema

Starting April 7 at Burg Kino

 

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Jennifer Cornick
Jennifer Cornick is a contributor to METROPOLE and avid reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found in Vienna's English bookstores.

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