Steven Soderbergh’s next film The Girlfriend Experience finally has an official release date, at least according to IndieWire (via The Playlist). According to the report, Magnolia Pictures intends to put it into limited release starting May 22, 2009. As The Playlist points out, this sets it up perfectly for a debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in May alongside Woody Allen’s Whatever Works.

For those who don’t remember, Soderbergh brought The Girlfriend Experience to Sundance in January, showing it at a “surprise” screening that just about everyone knew about. The super low-budget, mostly improvised film follows the story of an elite New York City call-girl, played by adult film star Sasha Grey, as she navigates the world of high class prostitution in the pre-election, financial crisis aware period of October 2008. And as I wrote in my Sundance report, the film’s leading lady is surprisingly compelling and its visual delivery is something very special. This is one of those truly independent projects that shows off the raw talent of a great filmmaker such as Steven Soderbergh. As someone who was not a fan at all of his first experimental film Bubble, I was absolutely blown away. And you might be, as well.

Are you interested in seeing The Girlfriend Experience?

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