The occasion of a new movie from Martin Scorsese means bells, trumpets, manna from the gods of cinema. And Silence, the director's latest film (coming to NYC December 23), is more deserving than most: It's a project he's been trying to make for almost three decades. The tale, from a 1966 historical novel by Shūsaku Endō, concerns the fate of Jesuit missionaries traveling to 17th-century Japan, a place where Christianity was perceived as a threat to the natural order of things.
In the coming weeks, we'll have an in-depth interview with Scorsese and costars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. Both actors transcend like never before. (In short, don't expect The Amazing Spider-Man or Girls.) To whet your appetite, though, here's the recently released trailer for the film. Seriously, carve out a little time around the end of December to unwrap this holiday present—as timely and deeply felt as any drama we're likely to see for a while.