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The Congress Trailer Reveals Beautiful New Film From The Director Of Waltz With Bashir

Writer/director Ari Folman made an incredible splash in the film world when he directed 2008's Waltz With Bashir, but has been away ever since. Finally, however, he's finally back and ready to debut his latest movie, The Congress, to the crowds of Southern France in the Cannes Film Festival. And watching the first trailer, seen above via The Film Stage, we should be in for a really cool-looking, special treat.

The beginning of the spot isn't great and mostly just plain exposition (particularly everything that Harvel Keitel says), but once Danny Huston's character shows up and the sci-fi element is introduced it takes off like a rocket. Loosely based on the novel The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem, the film looks like an awesome, meta inside-look at Hollywood and identity.

In the film Robin Wright stars as a fictional version of herself. Instead of being a successful working actress as she is today, she is instead aging and out of work.She gets an interesting opportunity, however, when she is offered the chance to donate everything about herself to be copied and used forever. Doing so sends her mind on a trip towards understanding who she is. Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Frances Fisher co-star.

The people of France are lucky not only that the film will premiere at Cannes but that it's also confirmed to be released over there on July 3rd. It doesn't appear to have a release date anywhere else yet. Expect to hear some buzz later this month when The Congress makes its debut.

Eric Eisenberg
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NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.