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659 Ratings

The Congress

Directed by Ari Folman
Israel, Germany, 2013
Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi


Robin Wright plays an out-of-work actress who accepts a large payout from a major Hollywood studio to be scanned and digitized to create a virtual actress. Adapted from a novel by Stanislaw Lem (Solaris).

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The Congress Directed by Ari Folman

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Directors' Fortnight

European Film Awards

2013 | Winner: European Animated Feature Film



Once Robin licenses her avatar to Miramount Studios and enters the “restricted animation zone” that presumably represents the future of movies, The Congress erupts into the some of the trippiest animation since Yellow Submarine—and also some of the best. Melancholy as he may be, Folman is not about to give up Joseph’s Technicolor dream coat.
March 03, 2015
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Folman’s is a very strong vision, operating with its own rules and its own architecture (sometimes obvious, sometimes submerged, but still there), and its rules make demands on the audience. It is a challenging piece of work, sometimes alienating, other times emotional with a raw-ness that caught my breath in my throat.
January 11, 2015
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It’s a wriggling, hilarious headtrip that any fan of underground cartoons would be thrilled to be trapped in, but Folman isn’t content to draw in black and white. “Waltz With Bashir” was a wry mix of “Waking Life,” Al Jazeera and “The Things They Carried,” and it was angry to its core. In “The Congress,” that anger has been replaced with a flamboyant, seductive cafard.
August 29, 2014
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