Whilst the summer maybe the time for big blockbusters it’s also the time the early festival films start finding their way into cinemas everywhere. Next month The East starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård was a big hit at this year’s Sundance festival, it was that good Fox Searchlight bought the rights for UK distribution and today we have the film’s official UK trailer.
The East sees director Zal Batmanglij collaborate once more with actress and co-writer Brit Marling both worked together on Sound Of My Voice. Marling stars as Sarah a former FBI Agent turned elite private intelligence agent hired by a powerful corporation to infiltrate ‘The East’ a eco-terrorist group causing havoc to them. Sarah gets successfully gets into the group however she finds questioning her priorities.
Critically The East has done well so far at the festivals it’s played at delivering a film a lot more conventional than Sound Of My Voice but still dark twisted genre piece. Marling is proving to be one of the young actress within independent films to watch out for and with Ridley Scott onboard producing the film should do better than Sound of My Voice. What is really dragging me towards this film is Ellen Page’s role as the Charismatic leader of the group a role you wouldn’t expect her to do and reading early reviews shes delivered a strong performance
The East Is due out in UK&Ireland on 28 June and also stars Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond and Patricia Clarkson.
THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller, 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.