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He’s been away for such a short time, you may not have noticed Steven Soderbergh had even stopped making movies. In 2013, the director — who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes with his 1989 debut, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” when he was just 26 years old — announced his retirement from filmmaking, citing frustrations with the way Hollywood movies were produced and distributed.

It proved to be a short vacation. Only a few months after calling it quits, he was back in the director’s chair, helming two seasons of TV period drama “The Knick” for Cinemax. Now he’s returned to the big screen with a new movie and a new distribution model that he hopes will shake up the status quo in Hollywood.

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