A movie inspired by one of the biggest data leaks in history is set for its world premiere at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival, considered a key launchpad for Academy Awards’ success next February.
The Laundromat, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh for Netflix, is based on the Panama Papers, the culmination of a global investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 global media partners to expose the rogue offshore finance industry.
Soderbergh has previously directed blockbusters such as Erin Brockovich and Traffic, which won him an Oscar for best director. The screenplay’s writer, Scott Z. Burns, has scripted several box-office hits, including The Bourne Ultimatum, Side Effects and Contagion.
The story draws on a book by Jake Bernstein, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. Bernstein, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter on