Now more than ever, we need films that speak to where we’re at and where we’re going, exposing now only how it is, but how it feels. As culture assimilates to what’s happening in our society, the art and entertainment we consume shouldn’t be purely escapism to dull our anxiety, but a reflection of what it’s like to exist in a time when no one quite knows where to hang their beliefs. "I feel tremendously lucky to be a filmmaker in this decade but it’s also daunting because nobody knows what the fuck is going on. We live in a strange, strange time," said director Zal Batmanglij, whose new film The East speaks the discontent of our generation and how we’re dealing with the issues that permeate our society. But rather than haranguing you, The East invites you in with its intriguing thrill yet feels and feels as immediate as it does emotionally stirring.
In Batmanglij’s sophomore effort, we follow Sarah (played by Brit Marling who also co-wrote the film), a young ex-FBI agent now working for an elite private intelligence firm who is hired to infiltrate an anarchist collective that is rumored to be attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to come in contact with the harm they’ve inflicted on the masses. But in her time spent with the collective known as The East, her beliefs begin to waver as she starts to sympathize with the group’s leaders and opens her eyes to the wrong doings that so easily go unnoticed.
And thanks to HitFix, we now have a new batch of stills from the film that give us a deeper look at the cast, which features Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Shiloh Fernandez. Take a look below and get excited for The East when it hits theater May 31st.