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another Scorcese masterpiece
Japan, 2016. 160 minutes
Sunday 23 April at 5.30pm
(please note starting time)
Tickets R60 with Webtickets / PnP
or call the Labia on 021 424 5927
with Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Legendary Martin Scorcese’s film SILENCE tells the stunning and powerful story of two Christian missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed. When they are captured and imprisoned, both men are plunged into an odyssey that will test their faith, challenge their sanity and perhaps risk their very lives in this passionate, harrowing, beautiful masterpiece.
SILENCE is the last of Scorsese's trilogy of film epics about religious figures struggling with challenges to faith, following THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST and KUNDUN (featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama).
The film is a historical drama by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Shsaku End. Set in Nagasaki, Japan,the film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds. The plot follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity. The story is set in the time of the Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians"), following the suppression of the Shimabara Rebellion (1637–1638) of Japanese Roman Catholics against the Tokugawa shogunate.
A long-time passion project for Scorsese, which he developed for over 25 years, the film premiered in Rome on November 29, 2016 and was released in the United States on December 23, 2016. The American Film Institute selected SILENCE as one of its ten Movies of the Year. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for best cinematography at the 89th Academy Awards.
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