This Friday finally we see the UK release of The Congress directed by Ari Folman the director of Waltz With Bashir and we have a brand new clip and a host of featurettes for your visual entertainment.
2008’s Waltz With Bashir combined 2 ulikely genres : animation and documentary creating a unique Oscar nominated hybrid, now 6 years on with The Congress we have a live action/animated feature hich is like a homage to classic Rene Laloux animations.
Starring Robin Wright (playing a ‘version’ of herself) The Congress tells the story of an ageing actress who 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 digitised 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.
Below is we have a new clip called ‘That Guy…’ which we meet a famous Hollywood actor been spoofed. In the 4 featurettes we’re taken behind the scenes deep into the animated world of ‘The Congress’. Learning briefly about Robin’s character technophobia, how they put together the animation and live action as well as the sound.
The Congress arrives in UK on Friday 15th August, starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahi-David, Michael Landes, Sarah Shahi.