The Congress for the opening
by Fabien Lemercier
- The new film by Ari Folman, revealed on the Croisette with Waltz with Bashir, will open the famous parallel section in Cannes on May 16th
The Congress [+see also:
film profile] by Israeli director Ari Folman will open the 45th Directors' Fortnight which will take place from May 16th to 26th during the 66th Cannes Film Festival. The filmmaker who had mesmerized the Croisette in 2008 in competition with Waltz with Bashir [+see also:
film profile] comes back with a film described by Edouard Waintrop, the general delegate of the Directors’ Fortnight, as "a chimera, half way between a realist film and a fantasy cartoon". The cast notably features Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti and Danny Huston.
In the screenplay (based on the novel The Futorological Congress by Polish author Stanislas Lem), Robin Wright (in her own role), is offered by Miramount to be numerically scanned, so that they can freely use her image in cinema productions. 20 years later, she is the guest of honour at the Nagasaki Miramount Congress, which has become a global conglomerate, and which presents its latest invention: to be able to live through your own film on demand, with a simple prescription...
The Congress is a coproduction between Germany, Luxembourg, France, Poland, Belgium and Israel, and has been produced by Pandora, Birgit Folman Film Gang, Entre Chien et Loup, Paul Thiltges Distribution, ARP Sélection, France 2 Cinéma, Opus Film, la RTBF and Belgacom, with funding from Eurimages amongst others. The international sales are handled by The Match Factory.
The complete selection of the Directors’ Fortnight 2013 will be unveiled at lunch time on April 23rd, at the Forum des Images, in Paris.
(Translated from French)
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