A new clip from Ari Folman’s hybrid film ‘The Congress’ dives deeply into animated territory.
A new clip from The Congress has arrived on the web, via StudioCanal, that dives deeply into animated territory.
The Congress is the 2013 live-action/animation hybrid film written and directed by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). A loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s dark, sci-fi comedy The Futurological Congress, the film sees actress Robin Wright playing a fictional version of herself who agrees to an experimental procedure whereby her youthful form is scanned and replicated for future use and profit by movie studios.
The film also stars Harvey Keitel as Wright’s manager, Jon Hamm as the studio’s visionary head animator, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Michael Landes and Sarah Shahi.
Here’s the official synopsis:
More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
The new clip, titled “Entering the Animation Zone,” is a colorful, trippy experience that shouldn’t be missed. Watch it, below:
Distributed in the U.S. by Drafthouse Films, The Congress, available digitally via Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and VOD, launches select theatrical screenings beginning August 29; visit drafthousefilms.com for showtimes and tickets.
Source: StudioCanal/Drafthouse Films
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.