First U.S. Trailer for Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS Debuts

Penned and directed by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), a sci-fi satire The Congress debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but is still awaiting a U.S. release.

Loosely based on Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 sci-fi novel “The Futurological Congress,” the 2D animation mixed with live action tackles the technological dominance of Hollywood.

The trippy sci-fi drama has actress Robin Wright (House of Cards) offered a lucrative deal to sell her image to a film studio, so it can make movies starring her ageless digital avatar. There’s just one problem; once they scan her, there’s no going back.

Folman told Wired Magazine:

“I’m not technophobic, and I’m not trying to frame a scary movie about where Hollywood is going,” says Folman. “This is the world we already live in.” In February last year, Audrey Hepburn came back to life to sell Galaxy chocolate. Even the digital facility in southern California, where Robin Wright is scanned in the film, is real. “It’s called Light Stage 5,” Folman explains. “If you look at their demos, you’d never know it was scanned actors. The technology has been here for a long time.”

The film co-stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti, and is finally hitting limited theaters on August 29th.

Hit the jump to check out the first U.S. trailer below.

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.

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