American film director. Born in Atlanta (Georgia. United States) on January 14, 1963.
Thirteen Soderbergh knew that the film would give you more satisfaction than any other activity. And while attending classes at the Institute, as any other boy of his age, I cherished the opportunity to join a course in film at the University of Louisiana. This was possible because his father was the director of the Faculty of education at the University. With several films behind him, at the age of 17 Soderbergh went to Hollywood, where he found in Assembly at the same time a work and an inexhaustible source of learning.
Soderbergh believed that his trip to the Mecca of the film would match the American dream, but had to return to Baton Rouge (city where he had lived during his childhood and adolescence), disappointed, but without losing the illusion. He then began working on a short entitled Rapid Eye Movement, and little later went to work in a music production company. A documentary about the Yes Group provided a contract to direct the recording of their concert, which was titled 9012LIVE what led him right to his first award, Grammy Award, in 1986.
He then began to devote himself more seriously to write scripts, but was not what he had expected and frustration led him to a period of alcoholism. While leaving the trance focused on Winston, a short film that was sexual disappointment, what would develop in the script of sex, lies and videotapes, which filming took place in Baton Rouge. The protagonist quartet made up by James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo. The film premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 1989 and shortly after winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and was nominated for the Oscar as best screenplay. His next film was Kafka (1991), shot in black and white by combining letters from the author, his work elements and biographical data. Jeremy Irons gave life to the writer Czech, wrapped up by a good cast that included Theresa Russell, Joel Grey, Ian Holm, and Alec Guiness. It's a completely different from the previous story, not only because of its subject matter, but by the treatment of the images, which were accompanied by surrealist and expressionist traits.
The King of the Hill (1993), tells the story of a 12 year old boy who is abandoned in St. Louis during the great depression. It is based on the memoirs of A.E. Hotchner, who was to become the biographer of Hemingway, among others. Narrated in a languid tone that accompanies the picture, Soderbergh away the history of the easy affection, making small hero learning something interesting about what you think. The Underneath (1995) picks up the characters and the plot of Criss Cross (1949), a classic of the film noir, and has starring Peter Gallagher and Allison Elliott. With Schizopolis (1996), delves into the absurd humor, making the film a project so personal as sex, lies and videotapes. So is his next title, a kind of performance of the Spalding Gray comic, entitled Gray completo Anatomy (1996), which according to critics and the American public does not work in cinema, but live.
Its title, Out of Sight (1998) joins George Clooney and Jennifer López (a bank robber and a federal agent) in the adaptation of the novel by Elmore Leonerd, the author of the novel that Tarantino has led to the film ("Jackie Brown"). The film benefits from comprehensive treatment that Leonard gives his characters and considers one of the best performances of Clooney. This is the skill that distinguishes Soderbergh: extract from the actor a character with ease.
In 2000, director premiered two new works: Erin Brokovich, a tape of social content staring by Julia Roberts, and Traffic, a film in which Soderbergh explores the world of drugs in the hands of the most popular couple in Hollywood at that time, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film was a great box-office success and reported to its maker some prestigious awards, as the prize for best director of the year from the National Board of Review and three awards from the New York critics circle best film, director and supporting actor. Both works received further recognition of the Academy of Hollywood. Julia Roberts managed the Oscar best actress nomination for Erin Brokovich and Traffic won four statuettes in the categories of best director, screenplay adapted and supporting (Benicio del Toro) actor.
As director:1989: sex, lies and video tapes (and installation of sound, script and editing). 1991: Kafka (and mounting). 1993: Fallen Angels (TV series). 1993: King of the Hill (and script and Assembly). 1995: The Underneath (and screenplay). 1996: Schizopolis; Gray's Anatomy. 1998: Out of Sight. 2000: Erin Brokovich; Traffic (and photography).
As guionista:1997: Mimic (does not appear in the credits). 1998: Nightwatch.
As productor:1993: Suture. 1996: The Daytrippers. 1998: Pleasantville.
As an actor: 1998: Independent's Day (TV).