The Congress


Based on Stanislaw Lem’s sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, Ari Folman’s mind-bending follow up to his Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir tells the story of Robin Wright (played to extraordinary effect by Wright herself), an actress facing the harsh realities of aging in Hollywood.

“One of the most startling uses of the animated medium to come along in years.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

No longer getting the parts she wants, Wright accepts a lucrative offer from ‘Miramount’ to have her image digitized, to be controlled by the studio in the form of a virtual performer; the catch is, she must never act again. Twenty years after relinquishing her identity, the contract has expired and she is summoned to a mysterious congress taking place in an animated world. Although radically different in content to his previous political documentary, Folman’s slice of sci-fi eccentricity shares a similarly daring stylistic approach, blending live-action and psychedelic animation to wholly unique effect. As a scathing satire on the movie industry it’s fascinating; as an exercise in formal experimentation, it is never less than dazzling. Co-starring Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm and Harvey Keitel. (Directed by Ari Folman, 2013, France, 122 mins., Not Rated)