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Director Zal Batmanglij Talks Making 'The East,' Harnessing The Power Of Young Filmmakers & Creating An Anarchist Collective

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 30, 2013 11:22 AM
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The East, Ellen Page, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Zal Batmanglij
With "The East," director Zal Batmanglij crafts a combination of spy thriller and intimate romance against the backdrop of eco-terrorism, pitting the titular anarchist collective against the faceless corporations polluting the environment. It's a group facing an established system -- exactly how Batmanglij felt when he, alongside "Another Earth" director Mike Cahill and lead Brit Marling, moved to Hollywood in 2008 to try their luck at filmmaking.

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."

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.

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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