Based on the trailer alone, The Congress looks set to be one of the weirdest and most distinctive films coming out in 2014.
Drafthouse Films is releasing the movie later this year after it made the festival rounds in 2013, and the first trailer gives us a glimpse into the surreal world that director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) has cooked up.
Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) plays a version of herself, an actress who sells all the rights to her name, image and voice to a movie studio in exchange for financial security for herself and her son, who is battling an illness. Some time later, that likeness of Wright becomes a star all over again and is invited to join something called "The Congress."
The hook is that the initial scenes, in which Wright signs the deal with the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston) is played out in live action, while the latter portion of the film switches to animation as it follows the "new" Wright.
The trailer is striking, odd and I dare say pretty darn relevant, what with holograms of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur popping up on concert stages and images of tons of dead celebrities showing up in TV commercials all the time.
Read the official synopsis below, check out the trailer, and let us know if you'll be tracking down what certainly looks like a fascinating exploration of identity, memory, fame and virtual reality. The Congress opens Aug. 29.
More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.