First Trailer For The Congress

Robin Wright gets animated

No, it’s not a film about the US House Of Representatives / Senate (they already made that, it’s called Idiocracy – heyooo!). It’s actually the new movie from Waltz With Bashir’s Ari Folman, starring Robin Wright, Danny Huston and more. Take a look…

Given the director, you might not be surprised by the amount of animation. Yet the tale, which follows an actress named Robin Wright agreeing to get her image scanned by a massive, powerful computer, is about more than just aping the Heavy Metal style of anime.

No, from the looks of this, it uses Stanislaw Lem's short story The Futurological Congress as a jumping-off point for a meditation on body image, how we see ourselves, what makes someone unique and the changing face of women in film. It brings to mind one part of Holy Motors and also the sort of territory that S1m0ne tried to cover with little success a few years ago. We have higher hopes here.

Paul Giamatti, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Stahl-David, Frances Fisher and Michael Landes are also part of the cast for this one, which will premiere at Cannes and should hopefully show up here later this year.