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Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh to headline international film festival

Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is to headline at the International Film Festival of St Andrews (Sands), it has been announced.

The Hollywood star will swap the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for the quiet coastal town to speak with local and established filmmakers, and students looking to enter into the industry as part a special conversation set up by two other established filmmakers.

They are none other than Anthony and Joe Russo, known best for works such as Community, and for directing several Marvel movies.

Soderbergh will speak with the Russo brothers on the film industry, their experiences, and what the future holds for budding directors, videographers, editors and other roles in the industry.

The conversation will be hosted by Deadline’s co-editor in chief, Mike Fleming Jr.

Soderbergh is known for directing a multitude of films, including Erin Brockovich, Contagion, and the Ocean’s trilogy.

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Joe Russo (left) and Anthony Russo attending a previous Avengers: Endgame event in London (Archive/PA)

This year’s festival takes place from April 19-21, and the Russo brothers say they are “thrilled” to be meeting Soderbergh, who they cite as a mentor.

In a joint statement, the brothers said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to speak with Steven at Sands: International Film Festival, where we’re transported back to our filmmaking origins.

“Steven has been an incredible source of guidance and mentorship for us.

“It’s truly exciting to reminisce about our journey and discuss the future of emerging storytellers”.