It has been quite a wait for Ari Folman‘s “The Congress,” with development on the project moving steadily if not hurriedly for a few years, before finally landing on the festival circuit last year. It has already opening abroad, won a European Film Award for Best Animated Film (a bit surprising given that it’s partially live-action) and now it’s finally coming to U.S. shores. And a new trailer has arrived.
Robin Wright leads the movie, based on Stanislaw Lem‘s short story “The Futurological Congress,” that follows an aging, out-of-work actress (Wright) who accepts one last job so she can make ends meet to care for her disabled son. The twist is is that a studio will scan her image and likeness and use it as they see fit — so sorta like that hologram technology they use for dead musicians, but instead with a living person.
The movie itself is one we called “a fascinating muddle” and a potential “late-night stoner mindfuck” which means you’ll want to track this down. “The Congress” opens on August 29th. Watch below, plus check out the new U.S. poster from EW.