The Congress
First screened in August 2014
Director: Ari Folman. Cast: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sami Gayle, Paul Giamatti, Michael Stahl-David, Christopher B. Duncan, John Lacy, voice of Jon Hamm. Screenplay: Ari Folman (based in part on the novel The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem).

Twitter Capsule: First part more focused and cutting; second part more risky in theme and style. Nervy all over but difficult to love.

VOR:   Industry self-critique isn't new but hasn't been executed this way or this recently. Complex engagement with animation, in subject and practice. Anime beyond Japan. Wright keeps surprising us.

Photo © 2013 Bridgit Folman Film Gang/Pandora Filmproduktion,
© 2014 Drafthouse Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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