The Congress

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Israel | 2013 | 122 minutes | Ari Folman

August 29 - September 4, 2014

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.

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.

"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

  • Director: Ari Folman
  • Principal Cast: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle
  • Country: Israel, France, Germany
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 122 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Drafthouse Films