It’s amazing what time can do for relationships, especially when it comes to those who once stood in opposition to each other over a work of art. Nearly 30 years ago, Martin Scorsese once faced the scorn from the Catholic Church and Christians around the world thanks to his adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ. Now Scorsese is getting a different type of reception from the church thanks to his epic passion project Silence, due to hit theaters before the end of the year.
The film will get a premiere at The Vatican in front of around 400 priests and other guests according to The Guardian, but one special guest will be missing:
There will be no red carpet, and almost certainly none of the usual glamour. But when Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence, has its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday, it will be the culmination of a 27-year project that the director has described as “an obsession”
Pope Francis is not expected to attend the screening at the Pontifical Oriental Institute for the Jesuits, but Scorsese will join about 400 priests and other guests to watch the 159-minute movie. The director may meet the pontiff separately.