Ari Folman’s ‘The Congress’ – watch exclusive clip

Robin Wright enters the "restricted animation zone" in new film from director of 'Waltz with Bashir'

In this exclusive clip from Ari Folman’s The Congress Robin Wright enters the “restricted animation zone”.

The star of films like Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride, Wright plays herself in Folman’s ambitious live action meets animation fantasy based on Stanislav Lem’s sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress.

The film’s synopsis promises “a journey beyond imagination” with Folman taking his trippy story into an alternate dimension as Wright’s ageing actress takes her final job – preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood.

“Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son, and her digitised character will stay forever young.

Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in The Congress convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.”

Ari Folman’s breakthrough came with his 2008 documentary Waltz with Bashir. The animated account of his experiences as a soldier during the Lebanon war in 1982 took four years to complete. The Congress convenes in cinemas August 15th.