Update on THE CONGRESS by WALTZ WITH BASHIR Director Ari Folman

     December 22, 2011


It’s been almost a year since we last updated Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) current project, The Congress, an ambitious blend of live action and animation that adapts Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, “The Futurological Congress.” Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be another year before we see the finished product in all its glory. The plot follows an aging actress desperate for work (Robin Wright) who takes one last job to support her disabled son (assumed to be Kodi-Smit McPhee). Unfortunately for her, the studio captures her likeness through a scan and can use the images however they choose to, which essentially makes her expendable and blacklisted from future jobs. Her decision, however, has far-reaching repercussions beyond her own life. Hit the jump for a sampling of the animation in The Congress as well as an update from Folman himself.

The Playlist reports that Folman will be taking the better part of the next year to finish the animation, since the live action sequences are done for the most part. Here’s a direct quote from the director of the Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir:

“We just returned from a round of rough-cut screenings in Israel and Europe. The film has 70 minutes of live-action and 50 minutes of animation, the live action part is locked (except for the effects) and the animation is still in the Animatic phase, but most of the designs are done. We’re now going into an insane journey of finishing the animation in 10 months, in five different countries: here, in Jaffa, Poland, Belgium, Germany and Luxemburg. After that, post-production. The movie should be done by January 2013.”

Check out a sample clip of the film below, if you haven’t seen it already. Two words: wheelchair machine-guns.

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