The East

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Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:116
Original Language:English
dir:Zal Batmanglij
prod:Ridley Scott
Michael Costigan
Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson
Brit Marling
scr:Zal Batmanglij
Brit Marling
cam:Roman Vasyanov
editor:Andrew Weisblum
Bill Pankow
mus:Halli Cauthery
cast:Brit Marling
Alexander Skarsgård
Ellen Page
Toby Kebbel
Shiloh Fernandez
Julia Ormond
Patricia Clarkson
source:Fox Searchlight Pictures
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A corporate spy infiltrates a group of anarchists—and finds herself drawn to their charismatic leader—in this thought-provoking espionage thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the duo behind 2011’s indie hit Sound of My Voice. The former FBI agent Sarah (Marling) now works at a “private investigation firm” used by powerful corporations to protect their interests. When an underground anarchist collective begins violently targeting corporate heads whose companies are polluting the environment, Sarah is assigned to head undercover with the organization, and “neutralize” it. The closer she gets to the group’s committed members, though, the further she finds herself from the corporate ideals she has been hired to protect, especially as the group’s charismatic, cult-like leader (Alexander Skarsgård) begins to take center stage. Scaling down the macro-level sweep of globetrotting espionage thrillers like the Mission: Impossible epics to a more relatable, human scale, The East delivers a taut investigation of what “espionage” means in today’s corporatized world. “It’s not connected to a democratic process at all, so you know there’s no oversight,” notes Marling (who co-wrote the script). Boasting a talented cast that also includes Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson and Julia Ormond, this ideological thriller is a thinking-person’s Bourne Identity, as pointed in its questions as it is slick in its thrills.
Additional Information

Zal Batmanglij

A graduate of Georgetown University and a former directing fellow at the American Film Institute, the writer/director Zal Batmanglij debuted in 2011 with Sound of My Voice, which earned him a nod from Variety as one of its “10 Directors to Watch.” He frequently collaborates with two other Georgetown alumni and friends, the actress/writer Brit Marling and the writer/director Mike Cahill. The East, co-written with Marling, is his second feature.