The Congress

Starts Friday, September 26

 

“A wholly original and thoroughly surprising fusion of sensory overload and liberal philosophy... it’s also one of the most startling uses of the animated medium to come along in years.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A true piece of beauty … as a performance piece, spectacle, drama, comedy, heady sci-fi, and cautionary tale, it's an across the board success.” – Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects

"An extraordinary and very touching film that exists somewhere in the twilight zone between the existential brainteasers of Charlie Kaufman and the psychedelic wonders of Hayao Miyazaki." - Empire Magazine

 

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 an actress facing the harsh realities of aging in Hollywood. In The Congress, an acclaimed actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself), more than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, is no longer getting the parts she wants and has decided to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Kietel) and the ruthless head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her new alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. The catch is, the “real” Wright will no longer be allowed to act. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son, and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double has risen to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in a mysterious convention called “The Congress,” where she will attempt to make her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. But there is something sinister happening in this Orwellian otherworld, and the lines between reality and fantasy become dangerously blurred. Blending live-action and psychedelic animation to wholly unique effect, The Congress is an entertainingly scathing satire on the movie industry, a philosophical inquiry into the nature of reality and a dazzling exercise in visual experimentation. Co-starring Paul Giamatti and Kodi Smit-McPhee. (Dir. by Ari Folman, 2013, France/Israel/Germany, in English, 122 mins., Not Rated, Drafthouse Films) Digital

 

 

 
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