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Stream This: Ari Folman's Soaring, Ambitious 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright as Many Versions of Herself

At long last, Ari Folman's "The Congress," the Israeli auteur's half-animated followup to his fully animated "Waltz with Bashir" (2008), is available to stream. This electrifying fantasy about an actress (Robin Wright) who sells her soul to the studio system offers plenty of visual derring-do and optimism about the future of cinema -- despite being very anti-Hollywood.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 14, 2014 2:42 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for 'The Congress,' Ari Folman's Visually Ravishing Anti-Hollywood Nightmare

At last, Ari Folman's long-awaited "The Congress," starring Robin Wright, has an official US trailer. Watch it here -- and read why you must see this film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 27, 2014 2:49 PM
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Ari Folman Takes on Animated Anne Frank Feature

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who animated the Oscar-nominated documentary about his experiences serving in the Israeli military, "Waltz with Bashir," and combined live action and animation in this year's Cannes entry and European Film Award-winner "The Congress," will now tackle another hybrid genre. He is set to start production in 2014 on an animated historic family film about World War II diary writer Anne Frank.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2013 3:31 PM
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Stream This: Five Essential Experiments in Animation (CLIPS)

From Ari Folman to Jan Svankmajer, catch up on your experimental animated films with these five essentials you can stream now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 17, 2013 2:11 PM
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European Film Awards Nominate Animated Films 'The Congress,' 'Jasmine' and 'Pinocchio'; Plus Watch New 'Frozen' Trailer (VIDEO)

The European Film Academy has announced its three nominations for Best Animated Feature Film of 2013. Plus, watch a new trailer for Disney's "Frozen," hitting theaters November 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 1:17 PM
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Cinedigm and Drafthouse Films Partner to Release 'The Act of Killing,' 'The Congress' and More on VOD in 2014

"The Act of Killing"
Digital distributor Cinedigm has partnered with Drafthouse Films to release a slate of critically acclaimed independent films across all home entertainment and VOD platforms beginning in 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 1:05 PM
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Drafthouse Films and Films We Like Nab Ari Folman's 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright

Drafthouse Films and Films We Like have snapped up North American rights to Ari Folman's animated-live-action hybrid "The Congress," which recently made its world premiere at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight sidebar. The film stars Robin Wright as an aging actress who participates in a radical experiment to keep her career afloat: She creates a digital replica of herself.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2013 12:37 PM
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Cannes Review: Ari Folman's Hybrid 'The Congress' Befuddles More than It Bedazzles

Ari Folman’s “The Congress” begins well enough, with the sheer physical presence of Robin Wright center screen, tears popping from her eyes. The actress, who in real life has aged gracefully into strength – or maybe it’s just bitterness -- plays “Robin Wright,” an aging actress who has made many “lousy choices.” We know this from her agent, played with sweet understatement by Harvey Keitel, who spares nothing and no one, including the “lousy men” Wright has chosen. Is that one of the movie’s many in-jokes?
  • By Tom Christie
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  • May 17, 2013 8:43 PM
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CANNES EXCLUSIVE: Ari Folman Talks Fortnight Opener 'The Congress,' Which Predicts Hollywood's Chilling Future (TRAILER)

The Cannes International Film Festival gets under way Wednesday with the international premiere of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a perfect opening night choice given its already established hit status stateside (TOH review here). And on Thursday the edgier Cannes sidebar Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine) will open with Israeli director Ari Folman's "The Congress," a live-action/animation hybrid starring Robin Wright and Danny Huston, which is being screened for the first time not only for Cannes audiences and critics but North American distributors as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2013 1:22 PM
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Cannes Posts Quinzaine Trailer (VIDEO)

The opening night of the Cannes' Director's Fortnight, or Quinzaine, is Ari Folman's "The Congress," a live-action-animated feature starring Robin Wright and Danny Huston (my interview with Folman is coming up). Check out the annual trailer for the two-week Cannes sidebar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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