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Ari Folman, The Congress, 2014

The Congress

15 Aug 201421 Aug 2014

★★★★ 'Weird and wonderful.' Total Film
'Robin Wright gives a career-best performance.' Sight & Sound

Ari Folman’s follow-up to Waltz with Bashir is an even more imaginative combination of live and animated action, with Robin Wright playing herself as an actress of whom youth-fixated Hollywood has tired.

Her spiky agent (Harvey Keitel) offers her one last role: to submit to a scanning process that will preserve her image forever, and which a cynical studio boss (Danny Huston) can deploy at will. Rising medical bills for her sick son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) eventually oblige her to accept the offer, and when her new persona becomes wildly successful, she’s invited to attend the Futurological Congress. There she meets the animator responsible for her enduring popularity – himself an animated image (voiced by Mad Men’s John Hamm).


The Congress - official UK trailer

Based on a novel by Stanisław Lem (Solaris), The Congress is both a sobering comment on fame’s transience and a dazzling visual feast.

The Congress, dir. Ari Folman, Israel/Poland/Luxembourg/France/Germany 2013, 123 mins, cert. 15

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