There’s every chance that writer-director Ari Folman’s adaptation of The Congress has flown under your radar, so these new images and official poster serve to remind you that it’s worth your attention. Though it appears to stray far from Stanislaw Lem’s source novel, the premise is still mind-bending in just how engaging it is. The plot centers on Robin Wright, playing a heightened version of herself, who decides to sell her very essence to a movie studio in the form of a digital persona. The lucrative deal allows her to pay for her son’s medical treatment, but also opens the door to a strange world in which her digital self is far more famous than she could ever have hoped to be.
Also starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti, Drafthouse Films will release The Congress on iTunes/On Demand July 15th; in select theaters August 29th; and in NY September 5th. Take a look at the film’s trailer here, read up on Matt’s review of the film, and then hit the jump to take in the new images and poster.
Check out the new images from The Congress below, followed by the film’s synopsis and new poster:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Congress:
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.