After more than twenty years of development Martin Scorsese is finally wrapping up production on his long-gestating spiritual drama, Silence. Based off the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo, the film follows a pair of Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) who travel to Japan to investigate claims of religious persecution and rumors that their beloved mentor (Liam Neeson) has abandoned the Church.
Today, at a end-of-production press conference in Taiwan, Garfield talked about the challenging spiritual journey of his character.
It’s a lifetime that the character of father Rodrigues goes through that we witness. 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.
Now, thanks to the folks at EW we’ve got the first official image from the Silence. highlighting Garfield’s emotional performance.
We’ve also got a few more images from the film, snapped at a wrap-party in Taiwan. They’re low-res and slanted, but give an idea of the scope and visuals of the film. [Update: At the request of the studio, we’ve removed the unauthorized images.]
Speaking to the press, Scorsese commented on filming in Taiwan and having the opportunity to step out of his usual environments for Silence.
I’m known for making films that are urban, that take place mainly in apartments, hotels, bars, churches, that sort of thing, for the most part, so for me to be able to sit and watch a scene and hear the nature around me, the bird calls, the animals, which set the time, which set the clock of life in a way, the real pace of life, not the crazy one with all our gadgets, this has been an immersion into another world and it’s something that I’m just blessed to have experienced.
You can check out more than an hours worth of footage from the press conference in the video playlist below.
Silence is set to arrive in theaters in 2016.