Ari Folman’s “The Congress” Gets U.S. Distributor

The Congress, the experimental animation/live-action hybrid by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), has nabbed itself a North American distributor. The deal is a co-acquisition between Drafthouse Films and Films We Like, with Drafthouse handling the U.S. theatrical and VOD/digital release in 2014 and Films We Like covering distribution for Canada.

The opening film of last month’s the Director’s Fortnight sidebar at Cannes, The Congress is a loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, about an aging actress preserving her digital image for a future Hollywood. It stars Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel.


  • Roberto Severino

    Hey! I recognize Jon Hamm’s name from the AMC show Mad Men. Some of the animation actually looks pretty cool despite some flawed designs here and there.

  • slowtiger

    What a wasted opportunity, again. Congress does the same as Matrix did: just lift some superficial concept from Lem’s novel and use it in a cookie-cutter excuse of a story. Aging actresses, really? What about governmental implemented false reality?