Martin Scorsese to meet with Pope Francis before Silence screening

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to meet Pope Francis before he screens his new movie Silence for a group of Jesuit priests later this week (ends02Dec16).

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The film, about members of the Society of Jesus Roman Catholic religious order, who in the 17th Century travelled as missionaries to Japan, will be shown to a group of 400 priests in Rome, Italy on Thursday (01Dec16).

The special screening was arranged by Reverend James J. Martin, an American Jesuit who acted as an adviser to Scorsese during the film project, and on Wednesday (30Nov16), the director will have a private meeting with the religious leader. They will reportedly discuss the film and the Jesuits' mission.

The film follows two young priests, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who head to Japan to try and find their mentor, Father Cristovao Ferreira, played by Liam Neeson.

Scorsese's relations with the Catholic Church have not always been so cordial - his 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, which recounted the story of Jesus, caused immense controversy.

The film, which included images of a married Jesus envisioning an ordinary life, was banned in several countries and led to protests outside the Los Angeles headquarters of Universal Studios.

Scorsese's passion project, which he began work on in 1990, is among the frontrunners for a 2017 Best Picture Oscar. It will premiere in the U.S. in December (16).

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