ISRAEL / GERMANY / POLAND / LUXEMBOURG / BELGIUM / FRANCE – 2013 – 120 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ARI FOLMAN
Official Selection — Cannes Film Festival 2013
Robin Wright, playing the role of herself, gets an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she'll be numerically scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of Hollywood films — even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, but more importantly, the studio agrees to keep her digitalized character forever young — for all eternity — in all of their films. The contract is valid for 20 years.
THE CONGRESS follows Robin as she makes her comeback after the contract expires, straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
2008 WALTZ WITH BASHIR — Writer Director & Producer. Winner - Golden Globe for best foreign film. Winner - Cesar for best foreign film, Nominated for an Academy award for best foreign film and winner of another 26 awards around the world.2008 "Waltz with Bashir" - Writer Director & Producer. Winner - Golden Globe for best foreign film. Winner - Cesar for best foreign film, Nominated for an Academy Award for best Foreign Film and winner of another 26 awards around the world.
2001 MADE IN ISRAEL — Writer and Director. Winner 2 Israeli Academy awards.
1996 SAINT CLARA — Co-Director and Writer. Winner 7 Israeli academy awards, including "Best Director" and "Best Picture", Winner jury prize at the Karlovy Vary festival. Opened the Panorama at the 1996 Berlinale Film Festival.
1991 COMFORTABLY NUMB — Co-Director and Writer. A documentary shot in Tel-Aviv during the Gulf War. Winner of the Israeli Oscar for "Best Documentary" 1991. Winner Wolgin Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
“...an often-baffling fantasy film experience…"
- THE TORONTO STAR
“...a movie that manages to baffle and dazzle in equal measure”
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“…a heady headtrip…"
- THE NATIONAL POST
"The sequence where Wright allows her physical self to be “captured” is a marvel of performance and timing: she’s fantastic."
- NOW MAGAZINE
"THE CONGRESS is a visually dazzling and downright riveting meditation on corporate greed, the perils of unencumbered artistry and our cultural disdain for age-earned wisdom.”
“...brilliant…” ; “...busting with ideas..."
- THE CANADIAN PRESS
Interview and review
- CULT MONTREAL
"The result is a heady head-trip, and while not all of it will make perfect sense, that is surely part of its appeal."
- MONTREAL GAZETTE
4 out of 5!
- 24H/ CANOE
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