added: Mon, May 13th '13
In 2008, Ari Folman made an animated documentary (yes, 'animated' documentary) about the 1982 Lebanon War called "Waltz with Bashir." It debuted at Cannes, where it wowed audiences and critics alike, and kicked off a successful art-house run in the States (which ultimately ended with an Oscar-nomination for Best Foreign Film). It's five years later and the visionary filmmaker is back in France, once again at the famous festival. His follow-up feature, "The Congress," a live-action/cartoon hybrid starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, and Danny Huston, has been scheduled for this Friday, in which it will open the Cannes' Director's Fortnight program.
The trailer for the film has been released, giving us the first peek at Folman's latest work, which seems to be equal parts cautionary tale and a satire of Hollywood's youthful obsession. Taking place in the near future, Robin Wright plays herself (in a "Being John Malkovich" sort of way) as an aging actress who's given a chance to sell her likeness to a movie studio -- it's a deal that will make her young forever. And so, her agreement to be scanned into a room-sized computer mainframe sends her into a wild and colorful world, where she embodies a brand-new animated avatar. She quickly learns, however, that exit doors do not exist in cartoon nirvana.
Based on Polish author Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi novel "The Futurological Congress," the movie also stars Paul Giamatti, Michael Stahl-David, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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.
directed by Ari Folman
starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, Michael Stahl-David, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle, Jon Hamm
release date August 29, 2014