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Watch: Trippy, Meta Trailer For Ari Folman’s Cannes Flick ‘The Congress’ Starring Robin Wright

Watch: Trippy, Meta Trailer For Ari Folman's Cannes Flick 'The Congress' Starring Robin Wright

The long, long wait for “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman‘s next effort “The Congress” is now nearly over. Whilst we’re still surprised that the director, who was in contention for a Palme d’Or in the main competition at Cannes in 2008 with ‘Bashir,’ has been relegated to the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar (perhaps “Seduced And Abandoned” has already filled the ‘Hollywood skewering’ Cannes slot,) there is little doubt that this is going to be one to track down. The first trailer alone promises a head-spinning experience.

Robin Wright leads the picture as…herself (well, a failed version of herself), an aging actress looking to stay relevant in a quickly changing digital world, who allows her likeness to be copied and used, only to fall down a rabbit hole of losing her identity. We have to say the live action stuff is probably the weakest element of this teaser, with both Danny Huston and Harvey Keitel (as various industry types), playing it a bit hammy. But once the animated stuff kicks in, it looks very impressive, with Folman clearly having a blast creating multiple, fully realized fantasy worlds.

How this all turns out, we’re dying to find out. Check out the trailer below and stay tuned for our verdict from Cannes on Thursday. [The Film Stage]

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The write-up is correct in criticizing the hammy acting of Keitel and Huston, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, because I think this could be a great exercise/performance by Robin Wright. She's been incredibly underrated and perhaps overshadowed by her marriage to Sean Penn, but performances like the one she gave in 9 LIVES prove she's quietly one of the best working actresses today. Really excited to see what she does in this movie.


That is Jon Hamm. He's listed as being in it on multiple websites and Wikipedia. :D


Is that Jon Hamm's voice or am I mistaking it for someone else? He's not listed on the IMDb


That is fucking amazing. holy shit what. I don't quite understand it, but I am now sad I am not at this moment in a movie theater about to watch it.

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