Drafthouse Films releases the first U.S. trailer for Ari Folman’s ‘The Congress,’ which will be made available on iTunes and On Demand July 24, followed by a limited theatrical release on August 29.
Drafthouse Films has released the first U.S. trailer for The Congress, the 2013 live-action/animation hybrid film written and directed by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir).
The Congress, a loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s dark, sci-fi comedy The Futurological Congress, 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.
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.
Watch the new trailer, below:
The Congress premiered as part of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes in 2013, and was then picked up for distribution by Drafthouse Films and Films We Like. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David and Paul Giamatti also star in the film, which will first be released onto iTunes and On Demand July 24, followed by a limited theatrical release on August 29.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.