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Film: Silence at the IFI (audio described and open captioned)

17 Jan 2017 (Past)

Irish Film Institute

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism.

Director Martin Scorsese once told an interviewer, “My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else.” Throughout his career, he has grappled with issues of spirituality: from Mean Streets’ (1973) warning that “you don’t fuck around with the infinite”, to 1988’s hugely controversial The Last Temptation Of Christ, to Kundun (1997), his biopic of the 14th Dalai Lama, these struggles have informed his greatest and most personal films.

Silence, an adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel, previously filmed in 1971, proves fertile ground once again for the exploration of faith, as two 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) are dispatched to Japan by Father Valgnano (Ciarán Hinds) in order to locate a respected missionary (Liam Neeson) who has reportedly renounced his faith in a country where Christians face violence and persecution for their beliefs.

The Open Captioned (OC) screenings for January are as follows:


Monday 9th January at 14.50, Tuesday 17th January at 20.00

Manchester by the Sea

Wednesday 18th at 15.30, Monday 23rd at 18.00

La La Land

Friday 20th at 15.30, Wednesday 25th at 18.10

In addition, Audio Description (AD) will be available on all screenings of A Monster Calls, Silence, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Jackie and Denial throughout January 2017.

Watch: Trailer for Silence

Liam Neeson in Silence

The price for your glory is their suffering!

Adam Driver in Silence


Audio Description
captioned performance
Ciarán Hinds
Irish Film Institute
Liam Neeson
Martin Scorsese