The Congress

An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
Robin Wright is an aging actress with a reputation for being fickle and unreliable, so much so that nobody is willing to offer her roles. Her son, Aaron, suffers from Usher syndrome that is slowly destroying his sight and hearing. With the help of Dr. Barker (Paul Giamatti), Robin is barely able to stave off the worst effects of her son’s decline. Robin agrees to sell the film rights to her digital image to Miramount Studios in exchange for a hefty sum of money and the promise to never act again. After her body is digitally scanned, the studio will be able to make films starring her, using only computer-generated characters.


Ari Folman


Stanislaw Lem (novel), Ari Folman (screenplay)


The Congress
The Congress film poster.jpg

French promotional poster
Directed by Ari Folman
Produced by Diana Elbaum
David Grumbach
Eitan Mansuri
Jeremiah Samuels
Screenplay by Ari Folman
Based on The Futurological Congress
by Stanisław Lem
Starring Robin Wright
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography Michal Englert
Edited by Nili Feller
Pandora Filmproduktion
Distributed by ARP Sélection (France)
Drafthouse Films (US)
Release date
  • 15 May 2013 (Cannes)
  • 3 July 2013 (France)
Running time
123 minutes[1]
Country France
Language English
Budget €8 million[citation needed]
Box office $356,172[2]


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