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The East

Opens May 31

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Inspired by their summer spent squatting with various anarchist collectives, indie-film collaborators Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice) head back to the margins of society for their first studio-financed movie. Marling plays an elite private operative who infiltrates a radical fringe group hell-bent on exposing the sins of various corporations, then finds her loyalty shifting. Citing the films of the late director Alan J. Pakula (The Parallax View) as an influence, Batmanglij says the aim is to couch ”subversive ideas in that strain of [a great] ’70s paranoid thriller.”