Someone is attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to consume harmful products they manufacture. An elite private intelligence firm is called into action and contracts ex-FBI agent Sarah Moss to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective, The East, suspected to be responsible. Skilled, focused, and bent on success, Sarah goes undercover and dedicates herself to taking down the organization. She soon finds, however, that the closer she gets to the action, the more she sympathizes with the group’s charismatic leaders.
After the warm reception he received for 2011’s Sound of My Voice, director Zal Batmanglij returns to the Sundance Film Festival with this stunning sophomore effort, which marks his second collaboration with the irresistibly alluring, multitalented Brit Marling. Featuring a fantastic supporting cast, including Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård, The East is a taut and timely thriller that resonates deeply with the complexity of today’s explosive socioeconomic landscape. - S. F.
About the Director
In 2012, Variety ranked Zal Batmanglij one of its “10 Directors to Watch” as a result of his directorial debut, Sound of My Voice, which screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up feature, The East, stars longtime collaborator Brit Marling alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page. Batmanglij grew up in Washington, D.C., and studied anthropology at Georgetown University. He was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute, where his peers elected him to speak at graduation.
Cast and Credits
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
Executive Producer: Tony Scott
Producers: Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson, Brit Marling
Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov
Editors: Andrew Weisblum, Bill Pankow
Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando
Costume Designer: Jenny Gering
Principal Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson
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