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MER­CHANT Ivory heads for ‘30s Shang­hai in this ro­man­tic drama. For­mer US diplo­mat Todd Jack­son (Ralph Fi­ennes), who lost his sight at the same time as he lost his wife and chil­dren, hopes to open the per­fect bar in the cen­tre of a city brac­ing it­self for Ja­panese in­va­sion, aided by a shad­owy fig­ure called Mat­suda (Hiroyuki Sanada). Dur­ing Todd’s vis­its to many ri­val bars, he meets dis­graced Rus­sian count­ess Sofia (Natasha Richard­son, pic­tured with Fi­ennes), a dancer and pros­ti­tute. Des­per­ate to have Sofia as the jewel in the crown of his bar, Todd en­treats her to work for him. In the process, he ex­pe­ri­ences a long over­due self-awak­en­ing. IN 2015, doc­u­men­tary film­maker Laura Poitras de­servedly col­lected an Oscar for her film Ci­ti­zen­four, which gained ac­cess to NSA whistle­blower Edward Snow­den and in­vited him to re­count his ver­sion of events. In her new film Risk, Poitras fo­cuses on an­other di­vi­sive fig­ure: Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange, pic­tured – and it’s any­thing but a rose-tinted por­trait.

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