The film “The East” will be out on dvd on September 17, 2013. Alternative endings for the film are available in the dvd extras. The film starred Alexander Skarsgard, Brit Marling and Ellen Page. video links below: Huge thanks to H for the heads up!! Also to WSJ for posting the videos. UPDATE: The DVD is out TODAY!! It was great hearing the dj’s on my local radio station talking about the release of the film today! (especially loved hearing them say that Alexander Skarsgard starred in it!)
Alexander Skarsgard and his cast mates for the film “The East” were in attendance for the LA red carpet premiere held on 05/28/13 at The Arclight Theater in Hollywood. The cast was introduced in front of the theater before the film was premiered. I was able to get some quick photos of Alex, Ellen Page, Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij, Aldis Hodge, Hillary Baack, and Patricia Clarkson.
The film was a very thought provoking one. The suspenseful film features Brit Marling as former FBI agent, Sarah Moss who goes deep undercover into the anarchist group “The East” (run by Benjy played by Alexander Skarsgard).
iTunes now has available the video from the “Meet the Filmmakers” held in NYC at an Apple store with the cast and director of “The East”. Join director Zal Batmahglij and cast members of “The East,” as they discuss their new espionage thriller.
The film follows an operative for an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of their corporate clientele. Assigned to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for covert attacks on major corporations, she finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group’s charismatic leader.
The podcast is availble on iTunes on the link here:
The cast of “The East” attended the film premiere at SXSW Music and Film Festival held in Austin Texas last night 03/16/13. Zal Batmanglij, Alexander Skarsgard, Brit Marling, Ellen Page were there and did interviews and took many photos with the fans there.
My friend flew out for the premiere and was able to get her photo with Alex and also a video. She did a great collage of her screencaps from the video.
Love seeing the smiles in her collages!!
This fan tweeted her photo collage:
Also love that one of the reporters was able to get Alex to do the “hook ’em horns” sign for the University of Texas. (my husband is an alumni).
The images in the gallery are from the SXSW festival. Enjoy! I’ll keep adding as more photos come up. Again huge thanks to Alex and the cast for being there and making the fans very happy!! And an even bigger thanks to my friend who flew out to take photos and cover the event for the site!
Enterntainment Weekly features Alexander Skarsgard’s film “The East” in their 2013 Sundance Film Festival Review. Images above and below are from that issue:
USA Today posted an interview with Alexander Skarsgard from Sundance 2013. The article is below. It mentions how in the process of filming the cast all became very close more like a family than a job.
PARK CITY, Utah — In The East, a clever thriller that blurs the line between right and wrong, working together is key among a group of radical eco-activists.
Three of the stars and director Zal Batmanglij say they enjoyed a collaborative, convivial spirit as they shot the film, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that close to a cast and crew before,” says Alexander Skarsgard. “Everyone was so passionate about it. Every single person behind the camera cared so much, too. It wasn’t just a job.”
Skarsgard plays Benji, the leader of an underground collective that employs guerrilla tactics to avenge corporate misdeeds. Brit Marling is Sarah, an intelligence agent who is sent to infiltrate the group but begins to feel some sympathy for those she was hired to investigate. Her confusion is complicated by a growing attraction to the charismatic Benji. Ellen Page plays Izzy, a fanatical group member who competes with Sarah for Benji’s affections.
“What’s weird is that spies and anarchists actually have a lot in common,” says Marling. “They know how to pick locks, they know how to infiltrate. So Sarah, with all her espionage skills, is actually well-suited to be an anarchist, and she sort of finds that out along the way.”
Adds Page: “I think the film creates this ethical murkiness, this gray zone that is very compelling. And I’m extremely interested to see it go out into the world and see how it provokes people and the conversation that it creates.”
If Sundance is any indication, there should be plenty of discussion.
“At a screening today at 8 in the morning, we were walking out, and this woman grabs my arm,” says Marling. “She’s maybe in her mid-40s, and she’s in tears and says, ‘I work for a pharmaceutical company, and this movie just blew my mind. It’s changing the way I think about everything, about my career, about what I do for a living, and I don’t know what the answers are, and I don’t know what it means about what I should do next, but I’m thinking about it.’ It was really intense.”
Batmanglij and Skarsgard encountered other shaken audience members.
“These CEOS came to where we were having dinner, and the gist of what they said was, ‘If your movie can get us to have the conversation we just had at dinner, then imagine what else it can do,'” Batmanglij says.
Skarsgard says the process of developing his character with Marling, who co-wrote the script with Batmanglij, was “alive and organic. Something changes and becomes a little better the night before you shoot a scene. That’s not always the case. You don’t always work with filmmakers who are willing to invite you into that process.”
To illustrate the spirit of teamwork on the set, Marling cites an example from the first day of shooting “where Ellen is basically naked on the ground with some flowers, and 12 people who she just met the day before are standing around staring down at her for an entire day. It was freezing cold, and it was an emotional, very intense day, and she just did it.”
Marling says her bravery “set the bar so high for the way in which we were all going to approach this work that the next day, when everybody had to get naked and bathe each other, nobody complained. Everybody just stripped down in the water and did it. The result was that there was this kind of intense intimacy with everybody and a real bravery in terms of approaching the work and the desire to go all the way there, even go way past the script.”
Batmanglij and Marling say their shared love of thrillers generated the idea for the film.
“We’d been fascinated by the idea of activism and the idea of setting a thriller with a different backdrop,” Batmanglij says. “I’m so tired of seeing corrupt CIA. Or now theZero Dark Thirty badass CIA. There are other places that are thrilling. So we wanted to set a thriller in that space.”
A few summers ago, the pair spent a couple months traveling in a fashion similar to the movie’s group, known as the East, to see if they could live for that long without spending money. They spent time with “freegans,” an anti-consumer group who eat discarded food in their pursuit of a moneyless existence.
“We wanted to have some adventure, and we didn’t have any money,” says Marling. “We learned to hop trains, we learned to sleep on rooftops, we learned to claim the space that feels so private. We joined this anarchist collective.”
Skarsgard was drawn to the film for its moral complexity.
“One of the reasons I fell in love with the script is because it was such a hot topic, but it wasn’t propaganda,” he says. “Even these eco-anarchists are not a monolithic group. Some of them are willing to go further than others. It’s morally a very interesting question: How far are you willing to go? A person might be a terrorist to someone and a freedom fighter to someone else. It’s a little more complicated than good guy vs. bad guy, which makes it interesting and real.”
Now, after the two-month shoot in Shreveport, La., actors and filmmakers are especially eager to gauge audience reaction at the festival.
“It was a big moment to sit down and watch it with not only your friends, but also 1,300 strangers,” Skarsgard says. “And it’s kind of like, ‘All right, here’s our little baby, see what you think. I hope you like it.'”
Variety’s Justin Chang posted the following review for Alexander Skarsgard’s upcoming film “The East”. The film was premiered in Sundance Film Festival this weekend.
Having rattled off an ingenious story of cult subterfuge in his low-budget 2011 debut, “Sound of My Voice,” writer-director Zal Batmanglij plays with some of the same ideas on a broader, more polished canvas in “The East.” The second picture in a fascinating collaboration with producer-writer-star Brit Marling, this clever, involving spy drama builds to a terrific level of intrigue before losing some steam in its second half. Still, the appreciable growth in filmmaking confidence here should translate into a fine return on Fox Searchlight’s investment, and generate good word-of-mouth buzz among smart thrill-seekers.
Marling, who played a charismatic cult leader in “Voice,” this time finds herself cast in the outsider-protagonist role of Sarah, an undercover operative for a private intelligence firm. Highly competent and driven, Sarah has been tapped to infiltrate a dangerous eco-terrorist cell that calls itself the East, whose members target Big Oil execs, chemical manufacturers and other professional polluters they hold responsible for crimes against the environment and public health.
After some harrowing detective work that establishes her confidence and quick reflexes in the field, Sarah makes her roundabout way to the East’s rundown headquarters, where, passing herself off as a like-minded runaway outlaw, she soon gets a taste of their radical beliefs and vaguely New Age collective habits. Regarded warily by Izzy (Ellen Page), the most fanatical of these young activists, Sarah finds herself especially intrigued by Benji (Alexander Skarsgard), the handsome, soft-spoken leader of the group, who eventually invites her to participate in one of their operations.
These scenes constitute the film’s strongest and most arresting section, as Sarah, playing the role of audience surrogate, is gradually drawn into a surreal, unnerving and ethically troubling way of life. Batmanglij has a flair for staging breathtaking individual sequences, not just an ambitious setpiece that sees the group raid a pharmaceutical company gala, forcing Sarah to maintain two levels of cover, but also a marvelously strange early scene in which she’s introduced to the East’s unusual eating habits.
Another important moment finds Sarah and the other members bonding over, of all things, a game of spin-the-bottle, which has the effect of simultaneously confusing and clarifying the lines of trust and intimacy among the group. In classic spy-thriller fashion, Sarah begins to feel more than a twinge of sympathy for the people she’s been hired to take down, although she also feels guilty about her own complicity in their guerrilla tactics, which claim no shortage of victims.
Batmanglij grants these eco-terrorists the courtesy of being allowed to state their case — most impressively Page’s Izzy, in a powerful moment of moral confrontation — and the director is enough of a romantic to lend their revolution a certain sex appeal. But it’s when Sarah starts to shift alliances that “The East” begins to falter; the characters increasingly sound like ranting mouthpieces for their respective agendas, and the ideological lines seem too cleanly drawn, perhaps for the benefit of less attentive viewers.
Even more problematically, Sarah’s second thoughts are largely catalyzed by her growing attraction to Benji, a perfunctory thread that generates little heat between Marling and Skarsgard. One wishes that Sarah, for all her talent and resilience, were a bit more cold-blooded and less naive as her world comes crashing down.
If the picture’s second half feels somewhat protracted en route to a sly and invigorating finish, the overall effect is that of a shrewd, crafty and highly commercial entertainment with just enough topical heft to keep it from feeling entirely escapist. On a technical level, this Scott Free-produced effort looks far slicker than its predecessor, while maintaining a pleasing light-on-its-feet quality (the pic was shot over six weeks in Shreveport, La.). From d.p. Roman Vasyanov’s widescreen cinematography to Andrew Weisblum and Bill Pankow’s editing to Halli Cauthery’s pulsing score (with themes credited to Harry Gregson-Williams), the production feels crisply turned in all departments.
Marling, who delivered ace support in “Arbitrage” and “Sound of My Voice” (as well as toplining the little-seen “Another Earth”), carries the picture effortlessly, signaling Sarah’s emotions to the viewer while shielding them from the group, and handling the occasional physical smackdown with aplomb. Elsewhere among the cast, Tony Kebbell leaves a strong impression as one of the East’s key members, a doctor with a deeply personal stake in the group’s mission, and Patricia Clarkson delivers a wonderfully dry turn as Sarah’s cynical boss.
Alexander Skarsgard attended the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of his film “The East”.
Video link here has Alexander Skarsgard and cast talking about “The East” from Sundance: (from EW.com)
Gallery below has the screencaps from the video: (Love the skarsbrow!)
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Fox Searchlight released a new image of Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling from the film “The East”
The film is due to be featured at Sundance Film Festival this month on January 20, 2013. Alexander Skarsgard has confirmed attendance for the film premiere.
For more information on the film visit this page on the site: The East