The Congress

Cast & Crew

Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle
Nimrat Kaur, Murari Kumar

Ari Folman

Ari Folman (adaptation), Stanislaw Lem (novel)


The Congress is an upcoming live action/animation film by Ari Folman loosely based the novel The Futurological Congress by speculative fiction author Stanislaw Lem. The film will premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 15th.

In the story, an aging actress (Wright) with a disabled child agrees to a large payment to have a full body imaging that will be digitized and utilized to create a digital actress. As part of the agreement, she will no longer control her likeness and the studio will then utilize the new virtual thespian in any manner they see fit. As part of the agreement, she will also be forbidden from acting ever again.

The film explores the ramifications of how the new digital actress affects the future of the woman and society as a whole.


A Franco-German-Belgian production, the animation is being done by a French animation house with principal live action filming done in the United States from February - March 2011.Folman began working on the film in 2008, securing additional financing in 2011 from French bank Coficine-Natixis.The film was completed in 2013, and is set to premier at the 45th Director’s Fortnight sidebar during the Cannes Film Festival on May 16.
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