Drafthouse Films and Films We Like have co-acquired North American rights to Ari Folman's anticipated follow-up to "Waltz With Bashir," "The Congress," starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm and Paul Giamatti. The animated-live action hybrid opened the Cannes Director's Fortnight sidebar this year and will hit theaters and VOD next year.
Among the most divisive titles to play at Cannes (our own Eric Kohn was a fan, The Playlist was not), "The Congress," loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's science-fiction novel "The Futurological Congress," takes a meta "Being John Malkovich" approach by featuring Wright as a fictional version of herself, who at the outset is struggling as an actress in an industry that values youth over experience. At the behest of her agent (Harvey Keitel), Wright agrees to partake in a revolutionary experiment to create a digital replica of herself (albeit a younger one) to take over her career. The catch? The real Wright can never act again.
"'The Congress' cements Ari Folman’s position as one of the most innovative and provocative filmmakers working today," said Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League. "It will be a joy to share his creative vision with American audiences."
The deal was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Brigitte Suárez and Michael Weber of The Match Factory on behalf of the film’s producers.
Go HERE for our interview with Wright out of Cannes.