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The Congress

2h 2m Animation, Drama, Science Fiction 2013

An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job that affects her in unseen ways.

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.

“The Congress is part live action and part Ralph Bakshi fever dream, but all nightmare. It paints a vision of the future where individuality and anything resembling free will is supplanted by delicious chemical cocktails and a candy-coated reversal.” — Slant

“This is an extraordinary film, a unique film, the kind of film that reminds us of the true power of science fiction to comment on our society.” — From the Front Row


Ari Folman


United States


Drafthouse Films

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