The Congress by Ari Folman
Animation / Sci-Fi - 2013 - Israel / Germany / Polen / France
Robin Wrights (Robin Wright) acting career goes down the tube. She´s in her fortys, close to her financial ruin and doesn´t accomplish to get any more roles. But then there is an surprising offer from the Miramount film studios. They want to scan Robins appearance and behaviour and transfer it into an animated character, that will be an exact copy of her. After that Robins character belongs to the Miramount studios so they can produce every movie they want to, without her being even present. At first the mother refuses to sign the contract, but after realizing her desperate situation she finally agreed.
20 years later Robin Wright has finally reached a huge succes. Although nobody knows her real self, her animated version is one of the worldwide most famous actors. But soon she will get to know the negative sides of this new invention and realize what it will turn the world into.
In October 2013 a new kind of video game was released called “Beyond: Two Souls”. A videogame including Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe as the protagonists, so they are transformed into animated characters. This is exactly the same topic as “The Congress” deals with. Although this movie shows an extremely alarming and exaggerated dystopia, it´s nevertheless really close to the recent reality. This is what makes this movie so interesting. But “The Congress” is more than just a dystopian film. It contains brilliant actors, extremely stunning images (half of the movie is a animated fantasy dreamworld), and a deep and intelligent story, written by the great israeli filmmaker Ari Folman (“Waltz with Bashir”), who also is the director of it.