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Cannes Film Festival: Ari Folman’s ‘The Congress’ to Open Directors Fortnight

Robin Wright stars in animation and live action hybrid

Ari Folman will open the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight section with his new film "The Congress."

Like Folman's 2008 film "Waltz with Bashir," "The Congress" is a hybrid of live action and animation. It centers on an aging actress who agrees to have her body digitized in order to support her disabled child. As part of the agreement she signs, the actress surrenders control of her likeness to the studio that buys the rights to her digital form. Derivative, it certainly is not.

"The Congress" is an adaptation of  Polish writer Stanislaw Lem's "The Futurological Congress."

The film's impressive cast includes Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti and Danny Huston.

The Directors' Fortnight will run from May 16 to May 26. Cannes will announce the section's full lineup next week.