Acclaimed director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) brings his unique style and distinctive vision for animation and live action film to The Congress (2013). In this new sly sci-fi satire of the film industry, Folman takes his audiences on a mind-bending exploration of a dark, dystopian future where life is more imagined than lived.
Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 novel The Futurological Congress, this engaging blend of live action and animation reflects the idealistic qualities of Hollywood: a beacon for culture’s obsession with the celebrity, the future of Cinema, and the need to numb ourselves from certain realities. Starring Robin Wright as a fictionalised version of herself, the film offers a view into a stylised future, where the actress receives an offer from a major studio to buy her ‘cinematic blueprint’.
Deciding to preserve her digital likeness for a future Hollywood, Wright’s new alias is controlled by Miramount Studios. Fast-forward 20 years later, and her digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in the ‘Congress’ convention, where she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
The Congress, released on DVD and Blu-ray on 8 December.
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