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The Congress

Israel | 2013 | 122 minutes | Ari Folman

Ari Folman follows up the Oscar®-nominated Waltz With Bashir with a surreal, vivacious, live action-animation hybrid about an aging actress (Robin Wright playing a version of herself) who sells her image to a movie studio-turned-cinematic dream world.

May 17, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 24, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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Actress Robin Wright may have won a Golden Globe for her performance in "House of Cards,” but "Robin Wright," her character in The Congress, is at a career crossroads. Twenty years after starring in The Princess Bride, she now struggles for roles while also trying to care for her ailing son, and on the advice of her longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) decides to make a surprising deal—selling her digital likeness to Miramount Studios. Twenty years later, the virtual “Robin Wright” has become a global movie star, and a ruthless studio head (Danny Huston) has invited her real life paramour to cross into the "restricted animation zone"—a kaleidoscopic, surrealistic future Hollywood—to renew her contract. But there is something sinister happening in this Orwellian otherworld, and when she meets her animator (Jon Hamm), Robin starts to question what is real and what is reality. Oscar®-nominated director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) mixes live action with animation that pays tribute to over a century of the craft, from Max Fleischer to Ralph Bakshi to Hayao Miyazaki, and dives into philosophical questions about self-worth, corporatization, and even the future of cinema, which, as one character postulates, may some day leave the screen and become one with the human body.

Director Biography

Innovative Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman began by directing several television series and documentaries in the early 1990s. His work mixes fantastic and surrealist imagery with socio-political backdrops, an example of this being 2008’s animated documentary Waltz With Bashir.

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Director: Ari Folman
Principal Cast: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti
Country: Israel, France, Germany
Year: 2013
Running Time: 122 minutes
Producer: Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum, David Grumbach, Eitan Mansuri
Screenplay: Ari Folman, based on the book by Stanislaw Lem
Cinematographers: Michal Englert
Editors: Nili Feller
Music: Max Richter
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Fantastic Fest 2013 (Best Fantastic Picture, Screenplay), European Film Awards 2013 (Best Animated Feature)
Filmography: Waltz with Bashir (2008); Made in Israel (2001); Saint Clara (1996); Comfortably Numb (Doc, 1991)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
International Sales: The Match Factory
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