Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij have a message to deliver, so maybe it's time to start paying attention. The duo were unjustly overlooked in last year's unsettling Sound of My Voice, which explored a pair of journalists infiltrating a cult and falling under the sway of a charismatic leader. Now with The East, they hit upon some very similar themes in examining those who engage in political anarchy.
Marling stars as an investigator for a private intelligence firm who goes deep undercover in an ancharchist collective, and before long gets swept up in their message and activities. The first trailer has now arrived, just as the film is debuting at Sundance, and while it maintains Sound of My Voice's eerie feel, this one promises a more threatening and aggressive tone.
Also starring Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson, The East should hit theaters later this year. I'll hopefully be catching it tomorrow, so assuming all goes well look for a review soon.