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Scorsese to meet pope before premier of 'Silence' at Vatican

Acclaimed director's film tells story of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan

November 30, 2016

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Hollywood film director Martin Scorsese will meet with Pope Francis on Nov. 30, the day before his new film Silence has its world premier at the Vatican.

Scorsese will meet the pope in a private audience just prior to the pontiff's regular weekly general audience said the Vatican press office, reported ANSA, an Italian news agency.

The press office said that Scorsese would the next day join hundreds of Jesuits and guests to watch the film about the fate of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan during harsh persecution of Christian communities.

Silence is scheduled for initial release in the U.S. on Dec. 23 in New York and Los Angeles said The Hollywood Reporter. It will get broader release nationwide in January. Screenings in Italy begin Jan. 12.

 See the trailer for Silence below:

 

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