At the NY premiere of The East, hosted by Piaget, we caught up with Batmanglij on his working with Brit Marling and the struggles that women face on the big screen.
What was it like working with someone like Brit Marling, who has defied the industry standards for women?
"What's cool about Brit is that she brings a lot of intelligence to the screen, and I think that intelligence and charisma are two things you can't fake. You can act your way out of anything, but intelligence and charisma are things you have to have innately."
Do you think Brit is right in believing that women have trouble finding more serious film roles?
"I think especially women are entering filmmaking or Hollywood and getting a lot of girlfriend and wife roles. But a guy hardly ever plays 'husband' or 'boyfriend', you know? So, I think [what Brit says] is true."
The East premieres May 31.
Photo: Dave Allocca