Robin Wright is best-known for playing Princess Buttercup in the adored 1987 fantasy adventure The Princess Bride. She broke our hearts as the beloved but broken Jenny of Forrest Gump. And now she's downright scary as Claire Underwood in House of Cards. With The Congress, she takes on her most daring role yet, playing a version of herself over decades, in live-action and animation. Get a glimpse of what that means with the film's trailer.
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Based on the Stanislaw Lem novel The Futurological Congress, The Congress has Robin Wright playing a version of herself at the end of her career. Movies are changing, moving away from real actors, and instead scanning them to make new movies where their stars never need age, or even be on set. The journey of this Alamo Drafthouse release goes to all kinds of unexpected places, but a clip from Vulture reveals how Robin's journey begins. Below you can see how she is "scanned" for the next phase of Robin Wright's career.
The Congress comes from Israeli director Ari Folman, who won worldwide acclaim--not to mention two BAFTA nominations--for his astounding animated documentary Waltz With Bashir.
Take a look at trailer for that 2008's film's groundbreaking storytelling for an idea of what to anticipate with The Congress.
Folman's The Congress is his long-awaited follow-up. With the esteem his first film earned--not to mention its eerie beauty--he was able to wrangle an incredible cast that includes not only Robin Wright but also Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle, and Danny Huston. The Congress made its world premiere in May of 2013 at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The following summer it opened in France and Belgium. It finally hit stateside last September as part of Austin's Fantastic Fest. But after a string of film festival appearances that took The Congress from Athens to Vancouver, London to Seattle, this critically celebrated drama is now On Demand, where you can watch it right now.
Or in case you'd prefer to see its splendor on the big screen, you can wait just a bit longer. The Congress will open in limited release on August 29th.