A U.S. trailer has been released for The Congress, a live-action/animation hybrid from Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman. Robin Wright plays a version of herself, an ageing actress who decides to have herself scanned into an animated world so that she can continue to provide for her ill son. As you’ll see with the trailer below, this looks strange, intriguing and fantastic. Waltz with Bashir was a superb picture, marking Folman as a masterful, unique filmmaker. We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to see his follow-up, hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.
Also starring Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.
Official synopsis for The Congress:
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.
ETA: USA (Limited) – 19 August, 2014.