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USA, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

“Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people - and it's riveting.” - Washington Post

In a Midwestern town fallen on hard times, the small and uneventful lives of two local doll factory workers are played out in understated realism when a new arrival reveals an unlikely love triangle. Bubble, the first of six low-budget films from director Steven Soderbergh, uncovers the ordinary travails of the everyday of the factory workers, each existing in a place with no opportunity and no feeling.

Bubble explores the change in dynamic caused by the spark of an outsider; a spark that is extinguished as quickly as it appeared after a senseless murder. Quiet thoughts and unrealised feelings are the centerpiece as the nuances of daily life unravel in the formica and fluorescence of the doll factory's lunchroom. Formalistic, sonically extra-ordinary and about as far from the Hollywood studio as you could hope.

D Steven Soderbergh P Gregory Jacobs S Coleman Hough Dist Dendy TD 35mm/2005/73mins

Steven Soderbergh was born in Georgia, USA, in 1963. His films include Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), Out of Sight (1998) and Solaris (2002).

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