The East (USA 2013)


Zal Batmanglij


Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling



Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes Simpson,


Brit Marling




Brit Marling

Jane Owen / Sarah Moss

Alexander Skarsgård

Benji / William Woodhouse

Ellen Page

Isadora "Izzy" Duncan / Kate Cannon

Toby Kebbell

Doc / Thomas Ayers

Shiloh Fernandez

Luca Abramn

Aldis Hodge

Thumbs / Darly East Wilsford

Danielle Macdonald

Tess / Hannah Gates

Hillary Baack

Eve / Jessica

Patricia Clarkson


Jason Ritter


Julia Ormond

Paige Williams

Billy Magnussen

Porty McCabe

Wilbur T. Fitzgerald

Robert McCabe


(Vollständige Cast & Crew Liste)

The East - Poster


Umwelt-Thriller / Drama


116 Minuten




6.500.000 US-Dollar


31. Oktober - 7. Dezember 2011


Shreveport / New Orleans, Louisiana, USA / Washington, DC, USA


Freigeben ab 12 Jahren (PG-13)


20. Januar 2013 (Sundance Film Festival)

Firmen / Studios:

Fox Searchlight, Scott Free Productions

Offizielle Webseite:

IMDb Webseite:


17. September 2013 (USA)



Englisches Pressekit von Fox Searchlight

(PDF Dokument, 443 KB)


Offizieller deutscher Kurzinhalt:

Die ehemalige FBI Agentin Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) startet eine steile Karriere bei „Hiller Brood“, einer erfolgreichen privaten Sicherheitsfirma, zu deren Klienten vor allem hochrangige Unternehmen und Persönlichkeiten aus Wirtschaft und Politik zählen. Von ihrer Chefin Sharon (Patricia Clarkson) wird sie für eine gefährliche Mission ausgewählt und soll – undercover – die anarchistische Vereinigung The East infiltrieren. Die extreme Gruppierung hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, kriminelle Machenschaften großer Unternehmen aufzudecken. Schnell kann sich die zielstrebige Sarah in die Gruppe integrieren und fühlt sich vor allem zu deren Anführer Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) hingezogen. Immer mehr sympathisiert sie mit den Zielen und Vorstellungen von The East und fühlt sich hin- und hergerissen zwischen ihrer moralischen Haltung, ihrer neuen Liebe und ihrer Mission. Sie muss eine fundamentale Entscheidung treffen...

Offizieller englischer Kurzinhalt:

Someone is attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to consume harmful products they manufacture. An elite private intelligence firm is called into action and contracts ex-FBI agent, Sarah Moss to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective, The East, suspected to be responsible. Skilled, focused, and bent on success, Sarah goes undercover and dedicates herself to taking down the organization. She soon finds, however, that the closer she gets to the action, the more she sympathizes with the group’s charismatic leaders.

Alternativer englischer Kurzinhalt:

In The East, Sarah Moss is 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.


  • Zal Batmanglij und Brit Marling wurden von ihren lebensverändernden Erfahrungen inspiriert, welche die beiden sammelten als sie 2010 und 2011 undercover bei einer Gruppe von Anarchisten in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania lebten
  • Ursprünglich war geplant “The East” noch vor “Sound of My Voice” zu drehen. Zum vorgesehenen Cast gehörten damals unter anderem Andrew Garfield und Rooney Mara, doch die Finanzierer waren der Meinung man bräuchte noch “größere Namen”
  • Fox Searchlight wollte sich nur am Projekt beteiligen, wenn dafür ein namhafter Star (Ellen) gewonnen werden kann
  • Felicity Jones sollte ursprünglich Izzy spielen, musste jedoch aufgrund von Presseterminen für den Film “Like Crazy” absagen
  • Die Szenen am See wurden bereits in der ersten Woche im Hamel Memorial Park gedreht
  • Einige Szenen finden in einem Haus statt, welches auch im Intro der TV-Serie “True Blood” zu sehen ist
  • Dies ist der zweite Film den Alexander Skarsgard in Shreveport drehte. Seine True Blood Figur besitzt dort zudem eine Bar
  • Es gab zwei Testscreenings in Pasadena, Kalifornien am 10. Mai 2012 sowie am 13. September 2012
  • Bereits während den Dreharbeiten wurden falsche Facebook-Profile der Charaktere für spätere Publicity-Zwecke erstellt:
    - Trevor Landon (
    - Luca Abhramn (
    - Daryl East Wilsford (
    - Thomas Ayers (
    - Kate Cannon (
    - Hannah Gates (


  • "Zal just pulls off these incredibly ambitious days every day; I feel like we’re making a movie that needs 60 days in like half the time. But it’s going really, really well, and it’s cool making a movie someone you’ve been working with for years, because you know each other so well at this point that you kind of even don’t have to talk about a lot of stuff. You just know, and it’s nice because there’s a short hand there. So it’s going well." [...] "Because the story is so kind of divisive, it kind of attracts its own tribe, and really repels people who wouldn’t be interested. So everybody is so committed, it actually reminds me of ‘Sound of My Voice’ in the sense that ‘Sound of My Voice’ was made with very little money, and that was kind of a good way for vetting people." [...] "People only get involved if they really love the story. So everyone comes to work every day not because they’re getting a huge paycheck, but because they really believe in the movie – and that makes everyone work harder." [...] "I think it’s been a similar thing on ‘The East’ - it’s the kind of movie that people do because they have to, like they feel somehow compelled, that the story is significant. I feel like I’ve been really lucky in that respect, to work on a story where the actors all come with that homework and preparation to the table. It’s astounding, because when you write something, I think you’re worried, is it ever going to translate to an audience? And when the actors come and they push the text farther than you ever even imagined, and they get it as much as you did, or even moreso, even more deeply, then you sort of step back and go, like, wow, there’s a chance that these ideas could enter an audience of strangers with these actors as the custodians of it. It’s a tremendous thing to watch." (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über den Film; Quelle:
  • "The entire cast, from Alexander Skarsgard to Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson, have put their everything into the movie and will be "unrecognizable" when compared to the characters they typically play. I think everybody's going to be surprised to see everyone in this. The characters and the world are very extreme. I don't think anyone is recognizable, if that makes sense." [...] "Everyone in the cast has thrown themselves entirely into their roles. Since none of the actors are extremist anarchists, they all had to put a lot of research into making sure their performances were believable and accurate." [...] "I could not possibly express to you how amazing the cast on this movie is. Alex and Ellen and Toby, they work so hard. They have done so much preparation, it's like we all come to work every day and you feel everyone's devotion to the material. It's a hard shoot. It's an ambitious movie. And it's being shot very quickly. Their work on it is astounding. It really is inspiring." (Drehbuchautorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über den Cast; Quelle:
  • "Once you're in the company of good actors, there's some feeling of security regardless of what goes wrong — because something always goes wrong. At least you know the performances will be great. And the script was great." (Schauspieler Aldis Hodge über die Zusammenarbeit mit seinen Cast-Kollegen; Quelle:
  • ”We're activists, more so eco-warriors. Whats happened is…I play a doctor, who, when he was an AIDS worker in Africa, he prescribed his sister and himself an anti-malaria drug that we call Denoxin. And Denoxin had a side effect on his sister, a syndrome called prosopagnosia, which is a condition where you forget your own face in the mirror, generally associated with head trauma, or genetic is what they thought. As it turns out, it's actually a side effect of some of these drugs. So my journey is that I'm trying to give the drug company their drug to take, seeing as it's so safe.” (Schauspieler Toby Kebbell über seine Rolle; Quelle:
  • "It's an ensemble and it's perfect. I share my scenes with everyone." [...] "It's like having a very stiff neck. You're staring up at Skarsgård or looking down at Ellen Page, it's very weird." (Schauspieler Toby Kebbell über die Zusammenarbeit mit den anderen Darstellern; Quelle:
  • “I'm super-excited about "The East." It's going to be really interesting. I'm super-pumped for that movie. My character is probably one of the most emotionally and physically exhausting roles, in the best way. It was such a dream role for me that just abruptly popped up in my life. It was just so much fun.” (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über den Film; Quelle:
  • "It was an amazing experience. An incredible group of people came around that story and I think the story was a real test for the kind of person that would want to do it. Not everybody wants to make a movie about anarchy and so it was self-selecting. The actors who were drawn to it were the right people for the story and we had an incredible time making it. It’s the story of a girl who's a conservative corporate spy who goes undercover to infiltrate this group of anarchists. We had so much fun making it. We’re still in the middle of editing so who knows what kind of film is going to immerge." (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über die Entstehung des Films; Quelle:
  • "It's a completely different world. It's a whole new landscape of anarchists and rebellion. I think The East really came out of the desire of us wanting to rebel, and what does that rebellion look like? And this was before Occupy Wall Street. How do you rebel against the system? Where do you go, how do you live? So we did that research and went on the road to meet people to figure out how that might work." (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über den Vergleich von The East und Sound of My Voice; Quelle:
  • "It's my best shooting experience to date. Making these films is grueling and challenging and amazing. You bring together a really special group of people and become a tribe. I wouldn't change it for anything in the world." (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über die Entstehung des Films; Quelle:
  • "They were actually very similar experiences because we were just slaves to making a movie. I often think about filmmaking as digging something out. Brit and I pick up a shovel and start digging, and you see the shape of something under the earth. In the case of The East, we got great actors like on Sound of My Voice. On that, Patty Clarkson came and picked up the shovel. Ellen Page came and picked up the shovel. Alexander Skarsgard picked up two shovels. We’re shoveling away together, meanwhile, the costume designer comes, the cinematographer comes and the production designer comes. Gosh, everyone’s just digging away. At the end, there’s this thing, this movie that exists. I found this overarching feeling on Sound of My Voice that carried over into The East." (Regisseur und Autor Zal Batmanglij über den Dreh von The East und Sound of My Voice; Quelle:
  • “Alex was so ‘it’ from the beginning because he has this gravitas, this deep well of soulfulness and feeling. You would follow him into the woods. On the second day of shooting, the cast was naked in frigid water, bathing one another for a scene. When something like that happens on the second day, it cuts through all the insecurities and everyone gets really close, very quickly. The experience was so raw and intense.” (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über Kostar Alexander Skarsgård und die ersten Drehtage; Quelle:
  • "I got to play a bisexual sometime-crossdresser. The back story is that Alexander Skarsgard and I had been lovers in college. He’s an attractive, tall, strapping man. He’s a nice guy." (Schauspieler Shiloh Fernandez über seine Rolle; Quelle: September / Oktober 2012 Ausgabe des britischen Wonderland Magazins)
  • “Unlike my character [a very charismatic anarchic fighting the corporations] from “The East”, I don’t think that we’ve come to the end of the world. I do believe that we have to drastically fight the society we’re living in, it’s not possible that the ones that pollute the rivers can afford not to drink that water when so many others are forced to.” (Schauspieler Alexander Skarsgård über die Überzeugungen seines Charakters; Quelle: September 2012 Ausgabe des italienischen L’Uomo Vogue Magazins)
  • "Inspired by an era when the Internet has put power back in the hands of individuals, 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. [...]  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." (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über die Inspiration für den Film; Quelle:
  • "The ethics of all of it become very muddled, particularly when murder's on the menu. [...] I think it presents some interesting gray areas and important questions." (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über den Film; Quelle:
  • "The question is, morally, where do you draw the line? How far are you willing to go for this cause? [...] The East braids Bourne-like espionage into a modern eco-puzzle. But it's not preachy. It's complicated. The way life is and reality is." (Schauspieler Alexander Skarsgård über den Film; Quelle:
  • “We discovered anarchist and freegan collectives all over the country and lived with some of them for a while. We got to know people who had interesting ideas about how you might live your life – learn to grow your own food, to fix your own car, to defend yourself, to live in small communities, share things with each other, teach each other how to become radically autonomous beings again. We weren’t thinking at the time that a movie would come out of the experience. We were just living our lives and the story gradually began to take shape.” [...] “We had amazing experiences. One night, we all got on bikes and went downtown to play a citywide game of capture the flag -- jumping over parked cars, running through restaurants, scaling parking garages. Then everybody stripped naked and got into a fountain in the pouring rain. It was a different way of seeing the world – everything is public space waiting to be reclaimed, reimagined." [...] "Across the way in a sky scraper was a guy in a suit at his desk on a conference call. I was rolling up my sleeping bag on the rooftop adjacent and I caught his eye.
    We just stared at each other. There was only 6 feet between the buildings, but the gap between the way we were living our lives was so wide. Sarah, our main character, is living in both worlds and trying to straddle the gap.”
    (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling on the beginning of The East; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • The people we met were really awesome, warm and welcoming, but tough. We got three vegan meals a day by dumpster diving. At first I did think, am I really going to eat like this? But I got into it as time went on. Going weeks without spending a dollar is an amazing feeling. Everyone should try it. We didn’t see movies. We weren’t listening to recorded music. Everything was happening organically from the group. The spin-the-bottle game in the film came from an experience we had. Thursday nights that was what we did as a way of entertaining ourselves.” [...] “That was one of the best summers of my life. When we got back, it was as if we had come out of the dream we’d been living. But we found that what had been normal life for us before now seemed bizarre. To have your life turned upside down like that is transformative.” (Autor und Regisseur Zal Batmanglij über die Anfänge von The East; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • "The East isn’t an issues movie or a political movie. It is first and foremost an espionage thriller and journey story that pushes its characters into difficult dramatic territory.” (Autor und Regisseur Zal Batmanglij über den Film; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “We gambled on the chance that other people would feel the way we did about this movie. Everybody knew from the get-go that we didn’t have much money or many days to make it. You could see a deep level of commitment at the first table read. I think everybody was amazed, looking around the table, seeing and feeling the impact of all this incredible talent coming together, even in an anonymous hotel conference room in northern Louisiana.” (Autor und Regisseur Zal Batmanglij über das Casting der Schauspieler; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “Sarah is a bit like a thoroughbred racehorse. She’s incredibly well-trained and ready to run the race of life. She’s in the starting gate and when it lifts, she’s off and running. But she has blinders on that keep her from realizing that she’s running in a circle, until she encounters this group of people who force her to see the world and herself in a new way.” [...] “In the beginning, she’s infiltrating a group of terrorists who are doing 8 illegal things. They need to be brought to justice. But when she spends time with them, Sarah, being a brave, intense person herself, begins to forget who she is and to identify with their desire for radical accountability. Living in deep cover, it’s hard to hold on to who you really are, much less what you believe in.” (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über ihre eigene Rolle; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “It’s a very well written script with rich, real characters. I was especially intrigued by Benji, by his background and how he got to where he is. When I met with Zal and Brit, the only question I had was whether or not I wanted to spend three months in the woods with these people. I definitely did. They’re really special, both of them, super intelligent and extremely warm.” [...] "He is more militant than some of the other members of The East. He is willing to go a little farther to achieve his goals. There is no leader in an anarchist collective, but Benji is the driving force behind some of these ‘jams,’ as they call their missions. To him, this is a revolution. The fact that he believes so firmly in something is alluring." [...] “The film has a point of view, but it’s not preachy. There’s a lot of action in it, which makes it fun to watch, and it raises interesting questions, as well. Who are these people? Is what they’re doing right or wrong? The question is, morally, where do you draw the line?” (Schauspieler Alexander Skarsgård über seine Rolle und den Film; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “This script was like nothing I’d read before. I was so moved by Izzy. As people and as artists, Brit and Zal have so much trust, honesty and enthusiasm. They care so deeply and that creates a special energy on set. I was grateful to be there every day.” [...] Izzy’s passion for justice and her anger at the unfairness she sees all around are a driving force for The East. She’s trying to help people get justice and to help the Earth. Every living thing gives us life, so how can we not want to respect that and protect it? The ethics of all of it become very muddled.” (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über das Drehbuch und ihre Rolle; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “Not to give too much away, but Ellen shot her most difficult scene on the first day. She did it with a bravery that was astounding. The whole cast was determined to do everything as bravely as Ellen did that day.” (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über Ellen Pages Engagement; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “Toby Kebbell is a fantastic actor. He came so prepared. He took it to a whole new level. Toby even spent time studying medicine and helped come up with realistic props for Doc to use.” (Autor und Regisseur Zal Batmanglij über die Arbeit mit Schauspieler Toby Kebbell ; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “It’s a modern thriller with a lot of heart. The East is giving these big companies a taste of their own medicine, so to speak, and promoting their jams on the Internet, so that more people are aware of the truth of what’s going on. For the YouTube-Occupy generation, it’s pretty relevant to see people rising up and deciding to fight for what they believe in this way.” (Schauspieler Shiloh Fernandez über den Film; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “She is CEO of Hiller Brood, a powerhouse with a lot of people answering to her. She helps corporations avert public disasters and she’s very good at her job.” [...] “I think Sharon sees a lot of herself in Sarah. She puts a lot of faith in her. And Sarah delivers, but perhaps not in exactly the way Sharon expects. There are so many surprising elements in the film, but the heart of it is the transformation of this young girl, which is always a great story.” (Schauspielerin Patricia Clarkson über ihre Rolle; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “They’re both so enchanting and so talented. And it was lovely to act with someone as present as Brit. Their writing is fluid and potent and topical. It’s almost a new genre of film, a hybrid, which is part of why it’s so great. It’s suspenseful, it’s emotional, it’s romantic, it’s mysterious. I think audiences will be swept away by it.” (Schauspielerin Patricia Clarkson über die Arbeit mit Zal Batmanglij und Brit Marling; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • "The film has a real modern, anarchic energy. It’s a particularly resonant tale for people who are disturbed by corporate irresponsibility. All the characters are interestingly distinct from one another. It pulls you in as you discover each person’s story.” (Schauspielerin Julia Ormond über den Film; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “The actors were so excited to come to work every day that Shreveport was like summer camp. The line between work and play blurred, but everyone took this project deeply seriously. On the weekends we would all sit around and practice the more complicated group scenes.” [...] “Anarchist groups are about lack of hierarchy and a film set has a lot of hierarchy, but we
    were able to fuse those things. Everyone did their jobs, but there was a sense that we had become a tribe.”
    (Autor und Regisseur Zal Batmanglij über die Arbeit mit dem Cast; Quelle: offizielles US Pressekit)
  • “The only thing I want them to take away is to have a thrill ride and entertaining experience, but also to ask questions. We ask a lot of questions, and we want them to go home and ask their friends questions, ask their parents questions, ask each other questions. [...] I hope that the audience stays in their seats all through the credits and that their heart is racing a little bit because it’s an espionage thriller and it’s fun, but it’s also about some things. I think a film that both makes you think and it also sends your pulse racing.” (Autorin, Produzentin und Schauspielerin Brit Marling über die Botschaft des Films; Quelle: Fragerunde nach der Weltpremiere)
  • “I remember going to the meeting  and I was like ‘Ellen, just be cool, just be cool.’ And really, the how time I was like ‘Please just put me in your movie.’ And I just wouldn’t have been more grateful than to have been involved with this wonderful group of people.” (Schauspielerin Ellen Page über das Casting; Quelle: Fragerunde nach der Weltpremiere)




Festival / Event / Ort / Bemerkung



20.-27. Januar 2013

Sundance Film Festival 2013, Park City, UT


31. Januar 2013

Spezialvorführung / Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI


16. März 2013

SXSW Film Festival, Austin, Texas / Abschlussfilm


10. April 2013

Phoenix Film Festival


13. April 2013

Ivy Film Festival, Providence, Rhode Island


14. April 2013

Environmental Film Festival, Yale


15. April 2013

Toronto / Advance Screening



16. April 2013

Boston / Advance Screening



17. April 2013

Philadelphia Film Society Screening


18. April 2013

Washington / Advance Screening



21. April 2013

Louisiana International Film Festival


22. April 2013

Chicago / Advance Screening



23. April 2013

Dallas / Advance Screening



24. April 2013

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival


24. April 2013

Scottsdale / Advance Screening



27. April 2013

Newport Beach Film Festival


28. April 2013

Independent Film Festival of Boston


29.-30. April 2013

San Francisco International Film Festival


15. Mai 2013

USC School of Cinematic Arts Screening


20. Mai 2013

New York Premiere



21. Mai 2013

Producers Guild of America Screening


28. Mai 2013

Los Angeles Premiere



30. Mai 2013

Film Independent / LACMA Screening


31. Mai 2013

Limitierter Kinostart



28. Juni 2013




10. Juli 2013




18. Juli 2013




25. Juli 2013




1.-2. August 2013

Traverse City Film Festival


8.-10. August 2013

Way Out West / Göteborg / Schwedische Premiere


11. August 2013

Melbourne International Film Festival


16. September 2013

Jameson Cinefest International Film Festival



17. September 2013

DVD/Blu-ray Release



2. Oktober 2013

DVD Release



2. Oktober 2013

DVD Release



21. Oktober 2013

DVD/Blu-ray Release



29. Oktober 2013

DVD/Blu-ray Release



30. Oktober 2013

DVD Release



13. November 2013

DVD/Blu-ray Release



15. November 2013

DVD/Blu-ray Release



31. Januar 2014




5. März 2014

DVD Release


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