Behind-the-scenes: Scorsese Scouted around the World to Find Taiwan the Best Place for ‘Silence’
Behind-the-scenes: Scorsese Scouted around the World to Find Taiwan the Best Place for ‘Silence’ - Taipei Film Commission
Silence, entirely filmed on location in Taiwan, is Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese’s 30-year project that finally came into being with a budget of nearly NTD 1.3 billion. The casts include Liam Neeson (Taken series), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), and the 71st Venice International Film Festival’s Best Actor, Adam Driver. To be released soon next Friday (17th), Silence recently published a behind-the-scenes video of the film’s shooting locations (https://youtu.be/VhhL3l2OHgI). In the clip, Scorsese said when he was on the set in Taiwan, he had learned to “strip away things,” because "the landscape itself said a great deal. And so, placing the actor within that landscape, it prevailed itself to me while I was preparing the picture." All he had to do was "concentrate on what the hill side looked like, the mist that came and went, mysteriously, and the color of the grass, the shapes of the rocks, the ocean, the waves, the caves, all of these; the mud. We even shot in the typhoon. We shot in the heat, let alone some earthquakes. It was a very, very arduous shoot."
Scorsese admitted that Silence is the most difficult film he has ever made.
In the clip, director Martin Scorsese emphasized on the irreplaceable landscape of Taiwan.
Director Scorsese, who just visited Taiwan before the Lunar New Year, expressed his gratitude for the people and landscape of Taiwan again in the behind-the-scenes clip newly published today. He emphasized on the irreplaceable landscape of Taiwan, explaining, "It took so many years to get Silence made, for so many reasons, and during that time, we looked at different areas of the world;" "In addition to Japan, we went to New Zealand, Vancouver, Northern California, and finally Taiwan." He found Taiwan’s landscape “very, very similar” to the description in the original novel, while Taiwan has so much natural beauty to offer: “The coast lines were untouched, the land itself, the landscapes were quite extraordinary." Besides great scenery, Scorsese was also impressed by the “people” of Taiwan, without whose efforts Silence couldn’t have been accomplished. He recalled, "We had a crew over 750 people, and it was made up with Taiwanese, Japanese, Australians, Italians, British and Americans, and yes, it was complex and confusing for a little while at first. There were language barriers, and a lot of cultural differences. However, everyone really wanted to make this picture, and they adapted so quickly, and we became blended, like a determined family. They were all devoted to helping me, bringing this picture to life on every level."
Set in 17th century Edo period Japan where Catholicism was forbidden, Silence traces two Jesuit priests (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who enter Japan illegally to investigate the reason why their missing mentor Father (Liam Neeson) was forced to abandon his faith. During their secret stay, the two witness the violence and persecution many suffer, which finally leads them to self-doubts. They are to face the toughest choice. Silence will be in theatres in Taiwan on Feb. 17th. (Text & Image/ CatchPlay)