Sunday, April 14th, 10:00am
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or "jam." But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.
Followed by a discussion with actress and screenwriter Brit Marling, director and screenwriter Zal Batmanglij, and other special guests.
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.
Running Time: 116 Min.
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page
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
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· EFFY After Dark
· GMO OMG
· Gold Fever
· Installation: Sustainability Heard
· Installation: Young Photographers Exhibition
· More Than Honey
· Shorts I: School’s Out!
· Shorts II: Redemption
· Special Event: Documentary vs. Advocacy
· Special Event: Jazz Ecology
· The East
· The Fruit Hunters
· The Last Ocean