USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Night Shift)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
"You hang onto every word, you cling to every hidden meaning… brims with ideas." - Indiewire
Sound Of My Voice puts two investigative journalists at the epicentre of a cult led by an enigmatic woman - the film's co-writer and producer, Brit Marling (also co-writer, producer and actor on Another Earth, MIFF 11) - who claims to be from the future. While the plan is to expose her as a fraud, an emotional breakthrough for one of the journalists starts to shake their cynicism. Could she actually be the real deal?
Always keeping his cards close to his chest, debut filmmaker Zal Batmanglij unpacks this killer narrative episodically, building on audience expectations before unsettling them. This Sundance revelation is a spellbinder that demonstrates a low budget is no impediment to big ideas or taut and compelling execution.
“[The] ending leaves the viewer wanting more not just from the story, but from a new filmmaker of considerable promise.” - Variety
D Zal Batmanglij P Hans Ritter, Brit Marling, Shelley Surpin S Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling Dist Twentieth Century Fox TD 35mm/2011