| Film director|
| 1980/1981 (age 34–35)France|
Film director, screenwriter
Sound of My Voice (2011)
The East (2013)
The East, Sound of My Voice
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director
Brit Marling, Rostam Batmanglij, Nicole Vicius, Christopher Denham, Mike Cahill
Zal Batmanglij Wikipedia
Zal Batmanglij (born 1981) is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote the 2011 film Sound of My Voice and the 2013 film The East, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Netflix series The OA, which debuted in 2016.
Batmanglij was born in 1981 in France to Iranian parents and grew up in Washington, D.C.. His mother, Najmieh Batmanglij, is a cookbook author; his father is a book publisher. His younger brother Rostam was a founding member of the band Vampire Weekend. Both brothers are gay.
Batmanglij studied anthropology and English at Georgetown University, graduating in 2002. At Georgetown he met Mike Cahill in a philosophy class. They took a screenwriting course together and co-directed a short film that won the Georgetown Film Festival. Brit Marling saw the film and asked if she could work with them. Several years later, following Marling's graduation, the three friends moved to Los Angeles, California, where Batmanglij attended the American Film Institute Conservatory. For his thesis film, he made a 35mm short called The Recordist (2007), which starred Marling.
In 2011, Batmanglij's debut feature, Sound of My Voice, co-written with Marling, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Shortly thereafter, Fox Searchlight Pictures purchased Sound of My Voice, as well as Batmanglij and Marling's next feature script, The East. Batmanglij also directed The East, starring Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård. The film premiered at Sundance in 2013.
Batmanglij and Marling collaborated to create drama series The OA, which debuted in 2016 on Netflix. It was written by Marling and Batmanglij, who produced the series along with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B, and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content.The Recordist, short film (2007) – writer, director
Sound of My Voice (2011) – writer, director
The East (2013) – writer, director
Wayward Pines, episodes "Our Town, Our Law", "One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire" (2015) – director
The OA (2016) – writer, director