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Steven Soderbergh
STEVEN ANDREW SODERBERGH (/ˈsoʊdərbɜːrɡ/ ; born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer , director , screenwriter , cinematographer and editor . His indie drama _Sex, Lies, and Videotape _ (1989) won the Palme d\'Or at the Cannes Film Festival , and became a worldwide commercial success, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest director to win the festival's top award. Film critic Roger Ebert dubbed Soderbergh the "poster boy of the Sundance generation". He is best known for directing critically acclaimed commercial Hollywood films including the crime comedy _ Out of Sight _ (1998), the biographical film _Erin Brockovich _ (2000), the crime drama film _Traffic _ (2000) (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director), the 2001 remake of the comedy heist film _Ocean\'s 11 _ and its two sequels—known collectively as the _Ocean\'s Trilogy _, the medical thriller _Contagion _ (2011) and the comedy-drama _Magic Mike _ (2012)
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66th Venice International Film Festival
The 66TH ANNUAL VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL held in Venice
Venice
, Italy
Italy
, was opened on 2 September 2009 by Baarìa - La porta del vento . International competition jury, led by Ang Lee
Ang Lee
, awarded Leone d\'Oro to Lebanon . The festival was closed on 12 September 2009, with Maria Grazia Cucinotta serving as the festival's hostess. CONTENTS* 1 Festival line-up * 1.1 Films in competition * 1.2 Films out of competition * 2 Jury * 2.1 Official Competition Jury * 2.2 Orizzonti / Horizons Jury * 2.3 Premio Luigi De Laurentiis for Best Debut Feature Jury * 2.4 Corto-Cortissimo jury * 3 Prizes * 3.1 Venezia 66 * 3.2 Orizzonti * 3.3 Collateral Prizes * 4 References * 5 External links FESTIVAL LINE-UP 66th Venice
Venice
International Film Festival ENGLISH TITLE ORIGINAL TITLE DIRECTOR(S) COUNTRY Opener Baarìa - La porta del vento Giuseppe Tornatore
Giuseppe Tornatore
Italy Closer Chengdu, I Love You
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan & Cui Jian
Cui Jian
ChinaFILMS IN COMPETITIONThe following 25 films competed for the Leone d\'oro
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Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia , with an estimated 2016 population of 472,522. Atlanta
Atlanta
is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area , home to 5,710,795 people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta
Atlanta
is the county seat of Fulton County , and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County . In 1837, Atlanta
Atlanta
was founded at the intersection of two railroad lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the American Civil War to become a national center of commerce. In the decades following the Civil Rights Movement , the city earned a reputation as "too busy to hate" for the relatively progressive views of its citizens and leaders compared to other cities in the Deep South . Atlanta
Atlanta
attained international prominence, and it became the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States
United States
, via highway, railroad, and air , with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world\'s busiest airport since 1998. Atlanta
Atlanta
rated a "beta(+) " world city that exerts a medium impact upon commerce, finance, research, technology, education, media, art, and entertainment
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New York City
Bronx , Kings (Brooklyn) , New York
York
(Manhattan) , Queens
Queens
, Richmond (Staten Island) ------------------------- HISTORIC COLONIES New Netherland
New Netherland
Province of New York
Province of New York
SETTLED 1624 CONSOLIDATED 1898 NAMED FOR James, Duke of York
York
GOVERNMENT • TYPE Mayor–Council • BODY New York City Council
New York City Council
• MAYOR Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio
(D ) AREA • TOTAL 468.484 sq mi (1,213.37 km2) • LAND 302.643 sq mi (783.84 km2) • WATER 165.841 sq mi (429.53 km2) • METRO 13,318 sq mi (34,490 km2) ELEVATION 33 ft (10 m) POPULATION (2010 ) • TOTAL 8,175,133 • ESTIMATE (2016) 8,537,673 • RANK 1st, U.S
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New York (state)
NEW YORK is a state in the northeastern United States
United States
. New York
New York
was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States
United States
. With an estimated 19.8 million residents in 2015, it is the fourth-most-populous state in the United States. The state's largest city, New York City
New York City
, makes up over 40% of the population of New York
New York
State. Two-thirds of the state's population lives in the New York metropolitan area , and nearly 40% lives on Long Island . The state and city were both named for the 17th-century Duke of York , future King James II of England . With an estimated population of 8.55 million in 2015, New York City
New York City
is the most populous city in the United States
United States
and the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States
United States
. The New York
New York
Metropolitan Area is one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. New York City
City
is a global city , home to the United Nations Headquarters and has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, as well as the world's most economically powerful city
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Betsy Brantley
BETSY BRANTLEY (born September 20, 1955) is an American actress . Brantley was born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
. She is the older sister of producer/screenwriter Duncan Brantley, and was formerly married to actor Simon Dutton and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh . Betsy studied English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1973 to 1977 and acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
from 1977 to 1980. It was there that she was discovered, filming a movie with Sean Connery titled Five Days One Summer (1982). Like Five Days One Summer, most of her films are based in Europe
Europe
. Her most famous role, perhaps, is her portrayal of Neely Pritt in Shock Treatment (1981). She also played alongside Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine
Michael Caine
in the film version of The Fourth Protocol (1987) and enjoyed a cameo in the Ashley Judd movie Double Jeopardy (1999). Brantley was also the performance model for Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). Along with roles in several other films, including Havana (1990) and Deep Impact (1998), Betsy has been a cast member in a number of television shows, including Tour of Duty and Second Noah . On Tour of Duty, she played the role of Dr
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Jules Asner
JULES ASNER (born February 14, 1968) is an American television personality, writer, and former fashion model. Since 2003 she has been married to director Steven Soderbergh . CONTENTS * 1 Personal life * 2 Marriages * 3 Career * 4 References * 5 External links PERSONAL LIFEAsner was born JULIE ANN WHITE in Tempe , Arizona
Arizona
. Aged 16, she was discovered at a modeling convention in Scottsdale , Arizona. She began her career as an Elite model . She shared a bunkroom with Cindy Crawford during the early years of her modeling career. In 1986, she graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe. She attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles , graduating with a degree in Political Science. MARRIAGESIn her early 20s she was briefly married to Matthew Asner, son of actor Edward Asner . On May 10, 2003, she married movie director Steven Soderbergh . Soderbergh often credits his wife with influencing his female characters. CAREERAsner was an entertainment reporter for Reuters Television Good Morning England , The Entertainment Show on Sky Television, and Extra . She hosted Live by Request on A"> In 2004, Asner signed a development deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce and host her own daytime talk show, Life "> * ^ Jules Asner
Jules Asner
profile at Film Reference.com * ^ "Biography for Jules Asner"
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Film Producer
FILM PRODUCERS fill a variety of roles depending upon the type of producer. Either employed by a production company or independent , producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. During the "discovery stage", the producer has to find and acknowledge promising material. Then, unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter . For various reasons, producers cannot always supervise all of the production. In this case, the main producer may appoint executive producers , line producers , or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests. The producer has the last word on whether sounds or music have to be changed, including deciding if scenes have to be cut. They are in charge of selling the film or arranging distribution rights as well. The producer's role can vary significantly from project to project, based on the circumstances and funding. They generally are in charge of things like hiring staff, creating filming schedules, checking and approving locations, and much more
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Film Director
A FILM DIRECTOR is a person who directs the making of a film . Generally, a film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members , production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film. The film director gives direction to the cast and crew and creates an overall vision through which a film eventually becomes realized, or noticed. Directors need to be able to mediate differences in creative visions and stay within the boundaries of the film's budget. There are many pathways to becoming a film director. Some film directors started as screenwriters, cinematographers , film editors or actors. Other film directors have attended a film school. Directors use different approaches. Some outline a general plotline and let the actors improvise dialogue, while others control every aspect, and demand that the actors and crew follow instructions precisely. Some directors also write their own screenplays or collaborate on screenplays with long-standing writing partners. Some directors edit or appear in their films, or compose the music score for their films
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Screenwriter
A SCREENPLAY WRITER (also called SCREENWRITER for short), SCRIPTWRITER, or SCENARIST is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting , writing screenplays on which mass media , such as films , television programs , comics or video games , are based. CONTENTS * 1 Profession * 2 Film industry * 3 Script doctoring * 4 Development process * 5 Production involvement * 6 Union * 7 See also * 8 References PROFESSION Screenwriting is a freelance profession. No education is required to become a professional screenwriter, just good storytelling abilities and imagination . Screenwriters are not hired employees but contracted freelancers. Most, if not all, screenwriters start their careers writing on speculation (spec) and so write without being hired or paid for it. If such a script is sold, it is called a spec script . What separates a professional screenwriter from an amateur screenwriter is that professional screenwriters are usually represented by a talent agency . Also, professional screenwriters do not often work for free, but amateur screenwriters will often work for free and are considered "writers in training." Spec scripts are usually penned by unknown professional screenwriters and amateur screenwriters. There are a legion of would-be screenwriters who attempt to enter the film industry , but it often takes years of trial-and-error, failure, and gritty persistence to achieve success
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Cinematographer
A CINEMATOGRAPHER or DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera and light crews working on a film , television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image. The study and practice of this field is referred to as cinematography . Some filmmakers say that the cinematographer is just the chief over the camera and lighting, and the director of photography is the chief over all the photography components of film, including framing, costumes, makeup, and lighting, as well as the assistant of the post producer for color correction and grading. The cinematographer selects the camera, film stock , lens , filters , etc., to realize the scene in accordance with the intentions of the director . Relations between the cinematographer and director vary; in some instances the director will allow the cinematographer complete independence; in others, the director allows little to none, even going so far as to specify exact camera placement and lens selection. Such a level of involvement is not common once the director and cinematographer have become comfortable with each other; the director will typically convey to the cinematographer what is wanted from a scene visually, and allow the cinematographer latitude in achieving that effect
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Editor
EDITING is the process of selecting and preparing written , visual , audible , and film media used to convey information. The editing process can involve correction, condensation, organization, and many other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate and complete work. The editing process often begins with the author's idea for the work itself, continuing as a collaboration between the author and the editor as the work is created. As such, editing can involve creative skills, human relations and a precise set of methods. _ Editors work on producing an issue of Bild _, West Berlin , 1977. Previous front pages are affixed to the wall behind them. There are various editorial positions in publishing. Typically, one finds editorial assistants reporting to the senior-level editorial staff and directors who report to senior executive editors. Senior executive editors are responsible for developing a product for its final release. The smaller the publication, the more these roles overlap. The top editor at many publications may be known as the chief editor , executive editor , or simply the editor. A frequent and highly regarded contributor to a magazine may acquire the title of editor-at-large or contributing editor . Mid-level newspaper editors often manage or help to manage sections, such as business, sports and features. In U.S
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Sex, Lies, And Videotape
_SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE_ (styled as _SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE_) is a 1989 American independent drama film that brought director Steven Soderbergh to prominence. It tells the story of a man who films women discussing their sexuality, and his impact on the relationships of a troubled married couple and the wife's younger sister. The film won the Palme d\'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival , and was influential in revolutionizing the independent film movement in the early 1990s. In 2006, _Sex, Lies, and Videotape_ was added to the United States Library of Congress
Library of Congress
' National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". CONTENTS * 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Reception * 4.1 Box office * 4.2 Critical response * 4.3 Accolades * 5 Home media * 6 References * 7 External links PLOTAnn Bishop Mullany lives in Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge
. She is unhappily married to John, a successful lawyer , and has never experienced an orgasm. She is in therapy. Graham Dalton is an old college friend of John. He is now a seeming drifter who, after nine years, returns to live in Baton Rouge. Graham arrives to find Ann, who has no idea that John has invited Graham to stay with them until he finds an apartment
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Palme D'Or
The _PALME D\'OR_ (French pronunciation: ​ ; English: GOLDEN PALM) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival . It was introduced in 1955 by the organising committee. From 1939 to 1954, the highest prize was the _Grand Prix du Festival International du Film_. In 1964, it was replaced once again by the _Grand Prix du Festival_ before being reintroduced in 1974 as the _Palme d'Or_ again. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Award winners * 3 Multiple award winners * 4 Honorary _Palme d\'Or_ * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORY The Commune of Cannes
Cannes
coat of arms In 1954, the Jury of the Festival de Cannes
Cannes
suggested giving an award titled the "Grand Prix of the International Film Festival" with a new design each year from a contemporary artist. At the end of 1954, the Festival's Board of Directors invited several jewellers to submit designs for a palm , in tribute to the coat of arms of the City of Cannes
Cannes
. The original design by the jeweller Lucienne Lazon had the bevelled lower extremity of the stalk forming a heart, and the pedestal a sculpture in terracotta by the artist Sébastien
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Cannes Film Festival
The CANNES FESTIVAL (/ˈkæn/ ; French : _FESTIVAL DE CANNES_), named until 2002 as the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (_Festival international du film_) and known in English as the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, is an annual film festival held in Cannes
Cannes
, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès . On 1 July 2014, co-founder and former head of French pay-TV operator Canal+
Canal+
, Pierre Lescure , took over as President of the Festival, while Thierry Fremaux became the General Delegate. The Board of Directors also appointed Gilles Jacob as Honorary President of the Festival. The 2017
2017
Cannes
Cannes
Film Festival , its 70th anniversary, took place between 17 and 29 May 2017. The jury president was Pedro Almodóvar , and _The Square _, directed by Ruben Östlund , won the _Palme d\'Or _