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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.

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."

Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

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  • March 18, 2011 8:57 AM
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Once again, Austin, Texas and the SXSW Film Festival kicked our ass this year. One week of great weather, tex-mex, bbq, a little booze, a little music (Big Krit ruled) and a looooot of movies. For the third year in a row The Playlist team descended down on the coolest little town in Texas and were witness to a panoply of movies, documentaries, sci-fi pictures, disturbing horror films, deep and/or genre-tinged dramas (the latter seemed to be a trend), rock docs, feel-good dramedies, filthy comedies and more.

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.

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

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 14, 2011 7:38 AM
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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 onto every word, you cling to every hidden meaning. This is the world of “Sound Of My Voice.”

Exclusive: Eerie Poster For Sundance Film 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 9:55 AM
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Here's the official poster for the "Sound Of My Voice," a psychological drama that is set to make its debut at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij Scores Sundance Film 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 5:12 AM
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Being a first time feature filmmaker ain't easy, and you need to do everything possible to get attention for your film. Lucky then for Zal Batmanglij who didn't have to look very far to get some major indie rock talent to score his debut feature film.

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