Garfield: Scorsese’s “Silence” Is “Meditative & Brutal”

One of the biggest potential awards contenders for the year that has yet to screen anywhere is Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”. The director’s long in the works adaptation of the famed novel still doesn’t even have a poster or trailer yet.

Today though some new images have emerged, along with an interesting new quote from Andrew Garfield about what Scorsese’s take on this story of Jesuit priests in 17th century Japan will bring to the screen. He tells Fandango, via The Playlist:

“It’s meditative and brutal simultaneously. It’s a very mysterious film and I can’t quite put it into words. Every time me and Marty would try to get to the bottom of its themes and what the character is going through, we would wind up talking for two to three hours, and every time there would be five minutes of silence at the end because we had exhausted the conversation and had no answers, only more questions.

Then he’d look at me and go, ‘Okay kid, until next time…’. There is a lot of violence in it, but it’s done in a very different way. It’s a very specific type of brutality that was being done reluctantly, and yet with this Japanese eloquence – it had a real seduction about it. It’s really fascinating.”

“Silence” opens in limited release on December 23rd, before a wide release in January.