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Sundance Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 20, 2013 10:25 PM
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The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voiceover that this is the home of a CEO whose company was responsible for dumping millions of gallons of oil into the ocean.

New Look At Ellen Page, Brit Marling & Alexander Skarsgård In Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:37 AM
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You would think that with the Oscar nominations coming on Thursday we might get a bit of a breather, but alas, just seven days later the Sundance Film Festival will kick off, introducing a whole batch of new movies that will hope to be part of the discussion in 2013. And one of the films we're looking forward to is the sophomore effort from "Sound Of My Voice" director Zal Batmanglij.

Exclusive: Zal Batmanglij Reveals The 4 Films That Influenced 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 12:04 PM
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It might seem like a distant memory, but it was at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 where Brit Marling emerged as the next actress on the rise, and swept up along with her were filmmakers Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij, as she was the star and co-writer of both their films. And while the former's "Another Earth" was quickly ushered into theaters, Batmanglij had to wait a bit longer, but this spring "Sound Of My Voice" finally hit the big screen.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2012 2:33 PM
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Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while anyone who's worked in film knows that it's a collaborative medium, there's still no better way of seeing where the form might be going in the next few years than by looking at the directors who've been making splashes of late.

Review: 'Sound Of My Voice' A Sparse, Sturdy Debut By Zal Batmanglij With A Star Turn By Brit Marling

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 25, 2012 1:00 PM
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A sterile basement, untouched by tainted hands. A small coalition of the willing, clean, bright-eyed and brimming with a mixture of fear and optimism. A beautiful woman with a secret, clad in white, attached to a breathing apparatus, telling an outlandish story. Like the listeners, you hang on to every word, you cling to every hidden meaning. This is the world of “Sound of My Voice.”

In Over Their Heads Or Investigative Journalism? New Clip From 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 9:44 AM
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What would happen if you discovered that a young woman, claiming to be from the future, was recruiting followers in your neighborhood? Would you go check it out? And if you did, would you want to return to your everyday routine afterward? That's the question at the heart of this new clip from Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice."

Watch: First 12 Minutes Of 'Sound Of My Voice' Plus Director Zal Batmanglij Explains Why You Need To See It On Opening Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:41 PM
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There was a lot of buzz around Brit Marling last year at the Sundance Flim Festival and with good reason. As the co-writer and star of "Another Earth" and "Sound Of My Voice," she made a big impression on audiences at Park City and now moviegoers are starting to get a taste. Last summer, the unique sci-fi redemption story "Another Earth" landed in theaters and this spring, Marling's collaboration with co-writer and director Zal Batmanglij in "Sound Of My Voice" will arrive, and to whet your appetites Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first 12 minutes of the film. And it's a knockout (check out our review from SXSW here).

Shiloh Fernandez & Aldis Hodge Board Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling's Eco-Thriller 'The East'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 1, 2011 4:29 AM
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Park City has been the scene of plenty of break-out performances in recent years, but this year's festival looks set to be known as the birth and unveiling of Brit Marling. The actress came to the festival with Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" and Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice," and walked away with her name on everyone's lips -- she's since scored roles in "Arbitrage" opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon as well as in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," which boasts an all-star cast.

Toby Kebbell Joins Brit Marling, Ellen Page & Alexander Skarsgard In 'The East'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 3:05 AM
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There may be no sign of their first collaboration, "The Sound of My Voice," appearing in theaters yet -- the disappointing box office take of "Another Earth" probably means a rethink in marketing -- but that hasn't stopped Fox Searchlight, writer/star Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij from planning another venture. Marling and Batmanglij, who have been riding high since their cult thriller dropped at Sundance, sold a new script to the indie label earlier in the year, and they've been busy filling it with all kinds of rising stars in the last few weeks.

Fox Searchlight Backing 'The East' From 'The Sound Of My Voice' Duo Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 15, 2011 2:05 AM
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Brit Marling has to be the most exciting talent to emerge so far in 2011. Virtually unheard of at the start of the year, she made a huge splash at Sundance by writing and starring in Mike Cahill's offbeat sci-fi drama "Another Earth," which became one of the big buys of the festival when Fox Searchlight picked it up. We said it had a "haunting, unshakable vibe that follows you long after you left the theater,” and you'll have a chance to check it out when the studio releases it next month.

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