MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE
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Official Selection, Telluride Film Festival 2004
Official Selection, Venice Film Festival 2004
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2004
Official Selection, Tokyo Film Festival 2005
Nominated: British Director of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards 2005

An adaptation of Shakespeare's play set in 16th century Venice.

SYLOCK (Al Pacino), a Jew, has grown wealthy by loaning money with interest. ANTONIO (Jeremy Irons) is a Christian merchant who undermines Shylock by offering interest-free loans. Antonio's best friend BASSANIO (Joseph Fiennes) needs money to court the lovely heiress PORTIA (Lynn Collins), with whom he has fallen in love. Antonio, whose money is tied up in trade ships that are away at sea, goes to Shylock to get three thousand ducats for Bassanio. Shylock agrees to lend them the money interest free, with the stipulation that if the loan is not paid back on time, he'll be entitled to a pound of Antonio's own flesh.

A modern approach to a timelessly relevant epic which brings to the screen for the first time one of the world's most iconic courtroom confrontations. Directed and adapted for the screen by Academy Award Nominee Michael Radford (IL POSTINO).
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