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Zal Batmanglij

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    Sundance Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

    The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voi...

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    New Look At Ellen Page, Brit Marling & Alexander Skarsgård In Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

    You would think that with the Oscar nominations coming on Thursday we might get a bit of a breather, but alas, just seven days later the Sundance Film Festival will kick off, introducing a whole batch of new movies that will hope to be part of the discussion in 2013. And one of the films we're l...

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    Exclusive: Zal Batmanglij Reveals The 4 Films That Influenced 'Sound Of My Voice'

    It might seem like a distant memory, but it was at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 where Brit Marling emerged as the next actress on the rise, and swept up along with her were filmmakers Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij, as she was the star and co-writer of both their films. And while the former's ...

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    On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

    Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while a...

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    FUTURES: 'Sound of My Voice' Director/Writer Zal Batmanglij

    Why He's On Our Radar: The 2011 Sundance Film Festival served as a springboard for remarkable number of writer/directors, all with bright futures ahead of them. Mike Cahill of "Another Earth," Dee Rees of "Pariah," Sean Durkin of "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and Evan Glodell of "Bellflower," all made...

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    Review: 'Sound Of My Voice' A Sparse, Sturdy Debut By Zal Batmanglij With A Star Turn By Brit Marling

    A sterile basement, untouched by tainted hands. A small coalition of the willing, clean, bright-eyed and brimming with a mixture of fear and optimism. A beautiful woman with a secret, clad in white, attached to a breathing apparatus, telling an outlandish story. Like the listeners, you hang on to ev...

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    In Over Their Heads Or Investigative Journalism? New Clip From 'Sound Of My Voice'

    What would happen if you discovered that a young woman, claiming to be from the future, was recruiting followers in your neighborhood? Would you go check it out? And if you did, would you want to return to your everyday routine afterward? That's the question at the heart of this new clip from Za...

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    Watch: First 12 Minutes of Brit Marling Starrer 'Sound of My Voice'

    Zal Batmanglij's Sundance 2011 Fest entry "Sound of My Voice," which he co-wrote and produced with the film's star, Brit Marling, who plays a charismatic cult leader, opens April 27. (Batmanglij's follow-up with Marling, "The East," is already in the can and will...

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    Watch: First 12 Minutes Of 'Sound Of My Voice' Plus Director Zal Batmanglij Explains Why You Need To See It On Opening Day

    There was a lot of buzz around Brit Marling last year at the Sundance Flim Festival and with good reason. As the co-writer and star of "Another Earth" and "Sound Of My Voice," she made a big impression on audiences at Park City and now moviegoers are starting to get a taste. Last...

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    Shiloh Fernandez & Aldis Hodge Board Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling's Eco-Thriller 'The East'

    Park City has been the scene of plenty of break-out performances in recent years, but this year's festival looks set to be known as the birth and unveiling of Brit Marling. The actress came to the festival with Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" and Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice," and walked away w...

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