Before the Trailer, We Thought: We’ve been waiting five years for Ari Folman’s follow-up to 2008’s critical hit “Waltz With Bashir” — will our patience be rewarded with a film that’s part-animated and part-live action?
And Now? It sure looks that way. Though we don’t get a glimpse of the luscious animation until halfway through the two-minute trailer, the live action intro establishes a story laden with dramatic and cinematic possibilities. Robin Wright plays an actress named, coincidentally, Robin Wright, only the woman in this story never had a successful career capped with a hot new TV series a la the real Wright and “House of Cards.” She’s told her only chance to remain relevant is to give herself over to a computer program that can then recreate her likeness whenever the operators so desire.
Is this actually the follow-up to “Avatar”? Obviously not, but the idea of Folman commenting on motion capture technology via a low-budget indie premiering at Cannes is enticing enough for any cinephile.
Adding to the film’s draw is its impressive cast. Harvey Keitel gets an above-the-title listing, but Jon Hamm and Paul Giamatti are only shown as animated characters. (Their names aren’t even flashed across the screen which will probably be corrected in U.S. marketing). Nevertheless, “The Congress” seems to be Wright’s film, and that’s fine with us.
Watch the trailer below, and look for more coverage on “The Congress” when it premieres at Cannes tomorrow.