The release date does have the feel of “for the award season” as January 1 has always been quite a dead week. One to release films for the awards not for the box office. Only time will tell if I’m correct or not
The official synopsis isn’t that good at the moment so this is the one from Wikipedia
In the seventeenth century, two Portuguese-Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor who had committed apostasy after he had been tortured by the country’ population.
Praying into UK cinemas January 1, 2017
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