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Silence: Martin Scorsese film lands awards season release date

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Martin Scorsese’s Silence has officially set its release date, and it’s in prime awards-season territory.

Paramount will release the historical drama, which is considered a passion project for the acclaimed director, in a limited release on Dec. 23 before going wide in January. The film is based on Shusako Endo’s 1966 novel and tells the story of a Portuguese Jesuit missionary who is persecuted along with other Christians in 17th-century Japan.

“The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young,” Scorsese previously said. “I was very much involved in religion, I was raised in a strong Catholic family. … Further reflection is how [we] want to lead our life in the Christian faith … so ultimately this book drew my attention when it was given to me in 1988.”

Producer Gaston Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for Silence, which stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson.