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The Congress 2013 15

122 mins Israel Director. Ari Folman

Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem (Solaris), Ari Folman’s mind-bending follow up to the critically lauded Waltz with Bashir tells the story of Robin Wright, an actress struggling to find work in Hollywood who accepts a lucrative offer from ‘Miramount’ studio to have her image digitised and controlled by the company.

Twenty years after relinquishing her identity, the contract has expired and she is summoned to a mysterious congress taking place in an animated world.

Although radically different in content to his previous political documentary, Folman’s hallucinatory slice of sci-fi eccentricity shares a similarly daring stylistic approach. As a scathing satire on the film industry it’s fascinating; as an exercise in formal experimentation it’s never less than dazzling.

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Directed by

Ari Folman

Featuring

Robin Wright Penn

Harvey Keitel

Jon Hamm

Kodi Smit-McPhee

Paul Giamatti

Genres

Science Fiction Drama

Collection

Altered States Discoveries Cannes Film Festival

Certificate

15 Contains strong language, sex, nudity

Released

2013

Country

Israel

Language

English

Production company

Bridgit Folman Film Gang

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