Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence is about Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who go to Japan to find answers about a missionary (Liam Neeson) who went missing. Neeson’s character, Father Cristóvão Ferreira, renounced his faith after being tortured by a regime persecuting Christians.
The trailer is ominous, full brief shots of violence and execution. “The moment you set foot into that country, you step into high danger. Silence is based on the novel of the same title by Shusaku Endo. The book was originally published in Japan in 1966.
According to a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, the cast went through an intense preparation leading up to the shoot, which took place over eight months in Taiwan. Driver lost roughly 50 pounds for his part. He and Garfield also went on week-long silent retreats at St. Beuno’s, a Jesuit house in Wales. “If I’d had 10 years, it wouldn’t have been [enough] to prepare for this role,” Garfield said. Silence opens December 23rd.