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The East

USA | 2013 | 116 minutes | Zal Batmanglij

Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård star in this taut thriller—produced by Tony and Ridley Scott—about a corporate spy infiltrating an anarchist collective.

May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 24, 2013
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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Too often when a large corporation hurts an underprivileged community with a poorly tested drug or a toxic spill, the punishment is a slap on the wrist and a token fine. The anarchist collective The East hates that—so they've decided that the CEOs and decision-makers should be punished in an eye-for-an-eye sort of way. Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice, Another Earth) co-wrote and stars as Sarah, a corporate spy hired to infiltrate The East and stop their reign of terror, not to mention make a lot of money for her company, which sells a sort of "terrorism insurance" to shady, large corporations. Sarah proves to be an excellent agent, hitchhiking with anarchist activists until she finds her way into the eco-terrorist organization. There she meets the leader, Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), and his second-in-command, Izzy (Ellen Page), who are initially skeptical of her. As with any under-cover agent, the deeper she gets into it the more her loyalties become divided. Director Zal Batmanglij co-wrote The East with Marling as a follow up to their indie hit Sound of My Voice, and this film takes themes from the last and explodes them onto an even larger level. The East is an exciting thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

Director Biography
Zal Batmanglij grew up in Washington D.C. He studied English and anthropology at Georgetown University prior to attending the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Sponsored in part by The Stranger, Ingeniux

Director: Zal Batmanglij
Principal Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson, Julia Ormond
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 116 minutes
Producer: Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson, Brit Marling
Screenplay: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
Cinematographers: Roman Vasyanov
Editors: Andrew Weisblum, Bill Pankow
Music: Halli Cauthery, Harry Gregson-Williams
Website: http://www.theeastmovie.com/
Filmography: Sound of My Voice (2011)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Fox Searchlight
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