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"The Good German” is director STEVEN SODERBERGH's sixteenth film, following "Bubble,” "Ocean's Twelve,” "Solaris,” "Full Frontal,” "Ocean's Eleven,” "Traffic,” "Erin Brockovich,” "The Limey,” "Out of Sight,” "Gray's Anatomy,” "Schizopolis,” "The Underneath,” "King of the Hill,” "Kafka” and "sex, lies, and videotape.” In 2001, Soderbergh received the Best Director Academy Award for "Traffic.”

He also wrote, directed, photographed and edited "Equilibrium,” starring Alan Arkin, Robert Downey, Jr. and Ele Keats, one of a trio of short eroticism-themed films released as "Eros.” Michelangelo Antonioni and Wong Kar-wai directed the other two segments. The film had its premiere at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

In 2000, Soderbergh and George Clooney formed Section Eight, a film production company based at Warner Bros. After their inaugural production, "Ocean's Eleven,” they executive produced "Far From Heaven,” written and directed by Todd Haynes. The critically acclaimed homage to 1950s melodrama starred Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid.

In 2002, Section Eight released three films: "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” directed by and starring George Clooney, with an ensemble cast including Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts; "Insomnia,” directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank; and "Welcome to Collinwood,” written and directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, with an ensemble cast including William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Esposito, Sam Rockwell and Clooney.

Section Eight opened four films in 2005, two of them going on to the Academy Awards.

"Goodnight, and Good Luck.,” directed by and starring George Clooney from a script by Clooney and Grant Heslov, received six Academy Award nominations: Best Actor (David Strathairn); Best Director (Clooney); Original Screenplay (Clooney and Heslov); Cinematography (Robert Elswit); Art Direction (Jim Bissell) and Best Picture (Heslov). "Good Night, and Good Luck.” had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival where Strathairn received the Osella Cup for his portrayal of legendary CBS anchorman Edward R. Murrow while Clooney and Haslov received the award for Best Screenplay.

"Syriana,” starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Jeffrey Wright, received two Academy Award nominations. George Clooney received the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role while writer-director Stephen Gaghan received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his adaptation of the book See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terror, by Robert Baer.

"Rumor Has It…,” directed by Rob Reiner and starring Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine and "The Jacket,” directed by John Maybury and starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh also were released in 2005.

Other Section Eight productions include "Ocean's Twelve,” which reunited the entire cast of the 2001 hit "Ocean's Eleven,” plus Catherine Zeta-Jones and internationally acclaimed actor Vincent Cassel, and "Criminal,” starring John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Gregory Jacobs, who had collaborated with Soderbergh on ten prior films, made his directorial debut on the film, which was screened at the 2004 Venice, Deauville and London Film Festivals.

Soderbergh's additional credits as producer include Greg Mottola's "The Daytrippers”(1997) and Gary Ross' "Pleasantville” (1998). He was executive producer on David Siegel and Scott McGhee's "Suture” (1994), Godfrey Reggio's "Naqoyqatsi” and Lodge Kerrigan's "Keane,” which played at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals.

In 2003, Section Eight and HBO produced the television docudrama/political reality program "K Street,” starring real-life pol


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