The Congress — Film Clip: 'The Tom Cruise Scene'


added: Wed, Aug 13th '14

Now available on demand and iTunes, "The Congress," the animated / live-action hybrid, futuristic fantasy about Hollywood starlet Robin Wright (played by the actress herself) who signs a movie deal to allow her identity -- or perhaps, even her conscience -- to be computerized and stored for prosperity, takes satirical swipes at the backroom dealings in Tinseltown. But it seems some of those jabs are not only landing on scheming agents, and ego-bloated studio heads as this newly-released film clip shows the animated image of Tom Cruise as a source of some light-natured ribbing. And although Cruise's name is never once mentioned in the humorous clip, it's clearly a cartoon character designed to appear like the former "Top Gun" star, complete with a toothy grin and overachieving attributes.

"The Congress," which is written and directed by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), will have a limited theatrical release this month, starting August 29th (via Drafthouse Films).

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 (Limited), Now Available (iTunes/VOD)

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