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.
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Executive Producer: Tony Scott
Producer: Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson
Screenwriter: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov
Editor: Andrew Weisblum
Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando
Music: Halli Cauthery
Additional Credits: Producer: Brit Marling, Editor: Bill Pankow, Themes by: Harry Gregson-Williams
Principal Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson
In 2012, Variety ranked Zal Batmanglij one of the “Top 10 Directors to Watch” as a result of his directorial debut, "Sound of My Voice". 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.