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See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'

Based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel that follows Portuguese Jesuits who face violence and persecution while on a mission to remote 17th century Japan, “Silence” began shooting in January in Taiwan, which Ang Lee suggested as a location for Scorsese, and has now wrapped filming. The real work now begins for Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

“I’ve wanted to make “Silence” for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality,” said Martin Scorsese, whose film will be domestically distributed by Paramount, with foreign markets handled by AI Films/IM Global. “Silence,”one of our most anticipated films of the year, has now been slated for a 2016 release.

READ MORE: How Scorsese and Schoonmaker Restored “The Tales of Hoffmann”

“It’s a lifetime that the character of Father Rodrigues goes through that we witness,” said Garfield at a press conference in Taiwan (video below). “It’s such an agonizing lifetime that he has to live through, and yet he wrestles with the greatest and most important and difficult questions that we all wrestle with, which is how to live and how does one live a life of meaning, a life of faith, and does that require you to live in doubt as well? That’s just scratching the surface of why I felt drawn to this story and this character.”

The film costars Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Ciaran Hinds.

(Courtesy of The Film Stage, originally from ltn.)

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