Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

Sound of My Voice 2011

Directed by Zal Batmanglij

In this creepily ambiguous lo-fi metaphysical sci-fi thriller, a young couple infiltrate a suburban LA cult. With writer/star Brit Marling (Another Earth). “Taut, compelling… [A] nifty little spellbinder.” — Variety

USA In English
84 minutes 35mm



Hans Ritter
Brit Marling
Shelley Surpin


Zal Batmanglij
Brit Marling


Rachel Morrison


Tamara Meem

Production designer

Scott Enge

Costume designer

Sarah de Sa Rego


Rostam Batmanglij


Christopher Denham (Peter Aitken)
Nicole Vicius (Lorna Michaelson)
Brit Marling (Maggie)
Davenia McFadden (Carol Briggs)
Kandice Stroh (Joanne)
Richard Wharton (Klaus)
Christy Meyers (Mel)
Alvin Lam (Lam)
Constance Wu (Christine)
Matthew Carey (Lyle)


Sundance, SXSW 2011

Brit Marling, who also starred in and co-wrote last year’s Another Earth, proves again that lo-fi metaphysical sci-fi is her medium. In this creepily ambiguous twilight-zone tale a young, hardcore rationalist couple infiltrate a suburban LA cult with the intention of creating a documentary exposé. Their target is Maggie (Marling), a charismatic young woman on life support whose blissed-out disciples believe that she is a refugee from the year 2054 come to prepare the world’s most illusion-fixated city for the apocalypse she escaped. The processes of religious indoctrination are laid out with wicked precision. But the psychosexual power play Maggie lays on her would-be unmaskers goes way deeper than the brainwash they came armed for. Marling’s cool luminosity on screen, the script’s narrative ingenuity and the pared-down direction of first-time director Zal Batmanglij combine to jangle audience insecurities well beyond the final frame.