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Fox Searchlight Pick Up Sundance Breakout 'Sound of My Voice'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2011 1:26 AM
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Few rises in recent years have been as meteoric as that of Brit Marling. At the beginning of 2011, she was all but unknown, but by the end of January, she'd emerged as one of the most exciting new talents in independent film, having starred in, co-written and co-produced a pair of sci-fi tinged dramas that also happened to be two of the most widely acclaimed films at Sundance this year, "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice."

SXSW Exclusive: Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling Talk The Cult Of 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2011 11:17 AM
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The story of recent the Sundance and SXSW hit “Sound Of My Voice” is pretty straightforward. Concerning a couple of documentary filmmakers who infiltrate a cult, the film, on paper, seems suspenseful and ripe for a penetrating insight into the nature of perception versus reality and an exploration of the idea of how we form bonds that unite us. But onscreen, “Sound Of My Voice” demands even more attention, as director Zal Batmanglij and co-writer and star Brit Marling have created something altogether haunting and unexpected (as we noted in our review). When plot elements surface suggesting that this may be a sort of “genre” picture, the execution is both immediate and ethereal. It feels only vaguely like a world we know, and as such, the tension only escalates, whether it’s an intense, obvious threat or an otherwise-mundane depiction of shower scrubbing.

'Sound Of My Voice' Director Zal Batmanglij & Co-Writer/Star Brit Marling To Reteam For 'The East'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 15, 2011 5:45 AM
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We were over the moon for Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling's "Sound of My Voice" at SXSW, a queasy, often haunting story of a couple attempting to exploit a creepy underground cult. The expectation was that director Batmanglij and co-writer/star Marling would respectively move in different directions, but the happy surprise is that both are reuniting on another project. We sat down with Batmanglij and Marling to discuss "Sound of My Voice" and they introduced us to "The East."

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