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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Zal Batmanglij’s The East

Zal Batmanglij (see on set above) barely had time to unpack his bags after showing Sound of My Voice (11′ Sundance) and he quickly rejoined Brit Marling and a huge cast comprised of Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson, Toby Kebbell and Shiloh Fernandez for The East, a Fox Searchlight project that the distributor has been tight-lipped about – no updates have been made since he project has been in post production of January of this year.

Gist: Co-written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, this centers on a private contracting firm tasked with protecting big corporations from radical environmentalists and anti-business extremists, who tasks its best and brightest agent, Sarah Moss (Marling), to infiltrate a mysterious terrorist organization known only as ‘The East’.

Production Co./Producers: Marling, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes, Scott Free Productions’ Ridley and (R.I.P) Tony Scott.

Prediction: Premieres section

U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).


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