Scorsese’s new film Silence to be his longest one yet

By Ilse Apellaniz

Any film buff —as amateur as may be— would be able to recognize the name “Martin Scorsese” in their sleep. This filmmaking New York legend started his career in the sixties, and was catapulted to fame with his 1976 international hit Taxi Driver (who could forget DeNiro’s epic homicidal rampage?). He has been writing, directing and producing world-renowned films ever since — an enviable career that has earned him an Academy Award for 2014 The Wolf of Wall Street, among no less than 134 other awards worldwide.

His latest endeavor Silence is a passion project of his; one that he’s been trying to put together since the early nineties. After all these years, the feature is finally coming together: the light at the end of the tunnel seems near, with the film’s release speculated for either November or December (“depends on Paramount”, Scorsese stated). We’re talking major 2017 Oscar potential here.

The film is based on a 1966 novel by Japanese author Shūsaku Endō. It tells the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan — it’s a story about enduring decades of persecution. Silence stars Liam Neeson, who we were honored to have in our 2015 edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, where he told us about what it was like working with Scorsese (“exciting, intimidating and physically demanding”). You can read more about Neeson’s exclusive statements here. (http://variety.com/2015/film/news/liam-neeson-silence-martin-scorsese-1201640172/)

It’s been recently revealed that Silence will be Scorsese’s longest film yet, adding up to three hours and fifteen minutes; this beats The Wolf of Wall Street’s three hours’ running time. It’s likely that the studio will ask Scorsese to cut it down a bit, but what’s certain is that we’re in for another Scorsese classic.