Mexican producer helps Martin Scorsese fulfill his dreamBy Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
After years of waiting and several modifications to the script, it was the Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich who helped the director's passion project to become a reality.
About 27 years ago, the famous and award-winning director and scriptwriter of American cinema, Martin Scorsese, had the idea of making a film titled "Silence" based on the book by Japanese author Shusaku Endo.
However due to legal problems the film couldn’t be made at that time. The director tried in the 80’s, and again in the 90’s to launch the project, however he could never get it going for different reasons, which is why the movie reached a standby. Until now.
Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich and his production company, decided to take this challenge and fulfill Scorsese’s dream, for which he hoped many years.
In an interview with the producer by the Mexican newspaper "Excelsior", he stated to come across the project thanks to the work he had done with Tom Hanks in A Hologram of the King, through which he managed to approach the group of people who were looking at the possibility of reviving Silence.
Pavlovich knew at that time that making this film was going to be a big challenge. He was sure that this project was very important for American director, Scorsese. Despite all, he hadn’t given up ergo the movie meant a lot to him. If Pavlovich managed to pull it off, he would have a great deal of opportunities in the industry and to further work with Scorsese… However on the other hand if he failed, he was certain he would never work in Hollywood again.
The movie faced several problems, mainly legal. The producer had to undertake all of this and more, putting everything in order to achieve his goal: The making of the movie.
The film is now in the post-production stage, and will feature Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, and its release is scheduled for the 2016 Cannes Film festival.
The story of Silence is about two Jesuit priests who are brutally persecuted in Japan during the 17th Century. It focuses on the history of the Christian persecution in Japan against the Jesuits who were trying to evangelize the Asian country.
According to the Mexican producer, the film will also be a strong contender for the 2017 Oscars Awards.
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