Alexander Skarsgard, Brit Marling and Ellen Page are featured in this new trailer for their film “The East”:
Alexander Skarsgard is in Austin for the SXSW Music and Film Festival for the screening there of his film “The East”. The photo above is from the event. (My friend is in the bottom right corner of the photo). So happy for all the fans there.
She sent me this photo of Alex:
More images will be added as they start popping up! My friend has video of her and Alex from the event. So happy again for all that are there!!
SXSX 2013 will feature the film “The East” tonight at the Paramount theater in Austin Texas. Alexander Skarsgard will be there at the premiere! Good luck to all the fans there to see the film (and Alex!)
Some lucky fans were able to get their photos with Alex last night:
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Enterntainment Weekly features Alexander Skarsgard’s film “The East” in their 2013 Sundance Film Festival Review. Images above and below are from that issue:
According to Box Office Mojo.com, the US theatrical release will be on…
Are you ready for it?
May 31, 2013
That’s not all…“The East” will be closing out the SXSW Film Festival which will be held in Austin, TX from March 8-16, 2013!
This is what they said about the film;
We’re also excited to share the final round of programming for SXSW Film 2013, including our Closing Night Film The East, from alum Zal Batmanglij, and starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skårsgard and Ellen Page.
Director/Screenwriter: Zal Batmanglij, Screenwriter: Brit Marling
An operative for a private intelligence firm goes undercover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, her loyalty is tested as her feelings grow for their charismatic leader.
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson
This is very exciting news for all of us Alex fans! This sounds like one of those MUST SEE films this year!
There’s only one problem… Who’s going to buy the drinks and popcorn? LOL
Thanks Eric & Sookie Lovers for the head’s up!
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
USA Today had the above sneak peek image of Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page from the upcoming film “The East”. (photo credit: Myles Aronowitz) The article below is from USA Today link here:
Is there morality in terrorism?
The anarchist members of The East, a new film by The Sound of My Voice creative partners Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, would argue yes. In the thriller, a young, headstrong operative, Sarah Moss (Marling), is hired by an elite agency to infiltrate an eco-environmental domestic terrorist group “wreaking havoc on corporations as acts of revenge,” says Ellen Page, who plays Izzy, an angry, damaged member of the collective.
Led marginally by Benji (Alexander Skarsgard), the group operates democratically and lives, eats and sleeps together deep in the woods. Benji becomes “fascinated by Sarah,” says Skarsgard, as he begins to school her on their simple philosophy: “Benji believes in eye for an eye,” Skarsgard says. “He attacks.”
Inspired by an era when “the Internet has put power back in the hands of individuals,” says Marling, The East sources a host of movements, from Freegans (who attempt to live off the grid by scrounging for food) and the Occupy movement to more radical groups like Anonymous and the Weather Underground.
But as The East ruthlessly targets groups who propagate and profit off of destruction (including pharmaceutical giants disseminating bad drugs and companies willfully polluting innocent communities), Sarah’s loyalty begins to waver.
“The ethics of all of it become very muddled,” says Page, particularly when murder’s on the menu. “The question is, morally, where do you draw the line?” adds Skarsgard. “How far are you willing to go for this cause?”
Following Sound of My Voice, a psychological thriller focused on the world of cults, Marling and Batmanglij were inspired by palpable tension they tapped into during their travels. “It seems like across all generations there seems to be a sense of unrest and confusion about where we are and how we’ve gotten here and where we go next. There’s fiscal cliffs and school shootings. It’s a very strange time,” says Marling.
The East braids Bourne-like espionage into a modern eco-puzzle. But “it’s not preachy,” says Skarsgard. “It’s complicated. The way life is and reality is.”
Page is excited to see how the film’s first audience at Sundance Film Festival later this month responds. “I think it presents some interesting gray areas and important questions.”
Alex is confirmed for the Sundance Film Festival premiere!
Alexander Skarsgard is confirmed to attend Sundance Film Festival premiere of his film “The East” per his management. Great news for any fans that will be there!
The film, written by Sound of My Voice duo Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling (shown in the photos above from WonderCon panel for the film) centers on a character named Sarah Moss (Marling), 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.
Along with Marling the film co-stars Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell,Shiloh Fernandez and Patricia Clarkson and will be released some time after its Sundance debut with its premiere set for January 20.
The first image recently came out from the movie and here it is below.
As you can see…Alex is looking rather scruffy. The cast looks like they are gathered around and are trying to figure something out.
Here is the synopsis from the movie, which will also be appearing at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at various cities in Utah during the festival, which runs from Jan. 17 – 27!
The East / U.S.A. (Director: Zal Batmanglij, Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling) — An operative for an elite private intelligence firm goes into deep cover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, she finds her loyalty tested as her feelings grow for the group’s charismatic leader. Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson.
Looks like it’s going to be a very intriguing movie!
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