It’s now been confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s period drama will go into limited release on December 23, just in time to qualify for award season, before expanding in January.

If Silence is going to emerge victorious it will have to hold off the likes of La La Land, a musical with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling that has drawn raves; Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan’s portrait of a family tragedy; and Fences, Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s beloved play." data-reactid="25"Scorsese has been nominated 12 times for an Oscar, winning best director in 2007 for The Departed, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson.

Despite being one of the most anticipated films of the year, “Silence” didn’t have an official release date until this morning.

His parents, Luciano and Catherine, both worked in New York City's Garment District.

Luciano often took his son to movie theatres and Martin developed an early passion for film and overtook his initial desire to become a priest.

Martin Scorsese (born ) Martin Scorsese is an Oscar winning, American film director.

Childhood: Martin Scorsese was born and raised in New York City.Lining up financing for the million production was a herculean task.Related: Martin Scorsese to Receive Japan’s Praemium Imperiale" data-reactid="24"Related: Martin Scorsese to Receive Japan’s Praemium Imperiale The Departed, starring  Leonardo Di Caprio,  Matt Damon,  Mark Wahlberg, and  Jack Nicholson.The film will open limited on December 23, 2016, and then go wide in January 2017.“Silence” is a historic drama based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō.Martin Scorsese released Boxcar Bertha in 1972, a film that taught him to make a film quickly and on a tight budget.