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As his new disaster movie Contagion opens, the Sex, Lies and Videotape director says he is only planning 'a sabbatical'

For the many fans of his movies there was good news from the Venice film festivalon Saturday: Steven Soderbergh is definitely not retiring, just taking a sabbatical from directing.

Soderbergh was on the Lido for the world premiere of his new global pandemic disaster movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. The director said reports of him giving it all up, aged only 48, had been overblown, but he was taking a break, "a little sabbatical" from movie-making. He told the Observer: "I feel I need it to recalibrate, so I can discover something new. I'm out of ways of telling art."

Since his first movie, Sex, Lies and Videotape, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1989, Soderbergh has certainly been prolific, making slightly more than one film »

- Mark Brown, Jason Solomons

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