The East is the sophomore feature from director Zal Batmanglij (The Sound of My Voice) It’s about an a woman who works for a corporate security firm attempting to infiltrate an anarchist group, but finds herself falling for its charismatic leader. That sounds straightforward enough, until you watch this first trailer (below).
In THE EAST, Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group’s charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities irrevocably changed.
The East stars Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Julia Ormand, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson, Toby Kebbell (why doesn’t he work more?!) and Aldous Hodge. It premiere yesterday, January 20, at Sundance and although we don’t have an exact date, it’s expected to open in the US in limited release sometime in the next few months. We’ll keep you posted.
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