Mixing live-action and psychedelic animation, The Congress is the highly anticipated new film by Ari Folman, director of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir. Robin Wright plays an aging, out-of-work actress (named Robin Wright) who reluctantly accepts her final offer: preserving her digital image for future Hollywood productions over which she will have no control. Twenty years later, she enters a “restricted animated zone,” where she rocks the complacent film/pharmaceutical industry, and finds out, with the help of an animated character voiced by Jon Hamm, what it was she really signed away. This haunting and provocative film features strong performances by Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Wright’s young son. A Drafthouse Films release.
Cannes Film Festival, 2013
New York Jewish Film Festival, 2014
“A cautionary warning about the future of cinema, a portentous mixture of celebration and despair about the death of familiarity.” —Eloise Ross, Senses of Cinema
“A thought-provoking and wildly original meta fantasy.” —Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
“Ari Folman is a filmmaker determined to make movies his own way.” —Jordan Hoffman, Film.com