Archive of films The Congress / The Congress

Israel / Germany / Poland / Luxembourg / France / Belgium
2013, 120 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2013

Robin Wright, who plays herself, an actress whose career is just past its prime, is being given one last chance by Miramount studios – to sell her feelings, memories, and gestures in order to create a digital alter ego. This original director’s latest film invites viewers on a visually stunning ride in which the boundaries between imagination, reality, and dream disappear. The film screened at this year’s Cannes IFF.


Robin Wright plays Robin Wright – an actress whose career has passed its peak. The giant Miramount studio offers her a final chance to maintain her popularity. This "offer you cannot refuse” is as follows: She will sell her feelings, emotions, memories, every facial expression – in short, her entire cinematic identity. She will be numerically scanned to create a digital alter ego that Miramount can use in its movie projects as it sees fit, including the commercial projects that the actress had rejected in the past. In return for selling her "soul,” she will receive not only a generous financial reward, but also a bonus in the form of eternal youth in the films shot with her digital alter ego. After some time, in a fantastic world that has been completely transformed, the real Robin appears as a guest of honor at the Miramount-Nagasaki congress. This latest film by the distinctive director invites audiences on a visually stunning ride that erases the boundaries between fantasy, reality, and dream. An original meditation upon the future of the world and the silver screen, The Congress was shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section at this year’s festival in Cannes.

About the director

Ari Folman (b. 1962, Haifa, Israel) is one of Israel’s most distinctive and most highly awarded directors. After completing his military service in the mid-1980s, he went off on his travels. After his return he studied film, debuting with the feature-length documentary Comfortably Numb (1991). He continues to film television documentaries and series. His debut feature Saint Clara (Clara Hakadusha, 1995), based on the novel by Pavel Kohout, won the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. This was followed by Made in Israel (2001) and Waltz with Bashir (2008), which was a great success when it was shown in competition at Cannes. In 2008, Folman was also a member of the Grand Jury in Karlovy Vary.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Ari Folman
Screenplay: Ari Folman, podle románu / based on the novel by Stanisław Lem
Dir. of Photography: Michal Englert
Music: Max Richter
Editor: Nili Feller
Producer: Ari Folman, Reinhard Brundig, Eitan Mansuri, Diana Elbaum, Ewa Puszczynska, David Grumbach, Michèle Halberstadt, Laurent Petin
Production: Bridgit Folman Film Gang, Pandora Film, Opus Film, ARP Selection, Entre Chien et Loup, Paul Thiltges Distribution
Cast: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle
Contact: The Match Factory, Aerofilms
Distributor: Aerofilms


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