by Coleen Nevado

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Liam Neeson as a Jesuit priest in “Silence”
(Photo from screenrant.com)

2016 is set to close in an enthralling route as Martin Scorsese’s passion project, ‘Silence’, will debut in limited release this December before expanding in wide releases yet to be scheduled.

The race to the 2017 Oscars had just turned tougher as Paramount Pictures believes it has a contender for the said annual American awards and the three-hour film to be released just in time for consideration. After working on the material to be made into production for 20 years, Scorsese has achieved what he’s been trying to come into being and now soon is ready to make its appearance to the public.

In spite of the minor problem with the production which is the difficulty of looking for the location of the set due to its 1670 setting, the film’s producer, Irwin Winkler, said that they were able to discover great locations. It was said to be budgeted, the prices were cheap and they were able to make it for a price.

The religious epic is based on a novel of the same name by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō which revolves around a Jesuit missionary going through a pilgrimage in Japan.

The cast starring in the film includes Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. Parts of the cast who also featured are Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Issey Ogata and Shinya Tsukamoto.

The famous American director, producer and screenwriter is well-known for his iconic films such as The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and other timeless movies he has contributed to the world of cinema. Scorsese has won best director in 2007 for “The Departed” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson and has also been nominated 12 times for an Oscar.

No trailer is released for ‘Silence’ so far but the plans for its debut this year will still push through.

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