Today we announced with Films We Like in Toronto our co-acquisition of North American rights to sci-fi The Congress from this year's Cannes Film Festival. From Oscar® nominated Director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir), the film stars Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel. A US theatrical and VOD/digital release is planned for 2014. If you enroll in the Draftouse Alliance subscription program you can guarantee pre-order for the film.
Based on legendary science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 novel The Futurological Congress, Folman’s adaptation blends live-action and psychedelic animation as an aging, out-of-work actress (Wright in an unusual role playing an alternate reality version of herself) accepts her final job: preserving her digital image for a future Hollywood. 20 years later, Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom and is invited to take part in “The Congress” as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
Empire Magazine proclaims it “an extraordinary and very touching film that exists somewhere in the twilight zone between the existential brainteasers of Charlie Kaufman and the psychedelic wonders of Hayao Miyazaki." Highlighting the film’s satirical look at modern Hollywood, Ben Kenisberg for RogerEbert.com adds “[The Congress] is lyrical and mysterious, contemplating age-old sci-fi questions (of artificial intelligence, of perception versus reality) while grafting them onto a commentary about the changing nature of movies."
“I am extremely excited by the idea that an innovative and passionate company such as Drafthouse Films will be the American distributor for The Congress,” says Director Ari Folman, “and their immediate reaction towards the film felt like love at first sight. I am absolutely confident they will take the film to all those places it is meant to go."
“The Congress cements Ari Folman’s position as one of the most innovative and provocative filmmakers working today,” says Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League. “It will be a joy to share his creative vision with American audiences.”