Magazine article Screen International

Ari Folman's the Congress to Open Directors' Fortnight

Magazine article Screen International

Ari Folman's the Congress to Open Directors' Fortnight

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Israeli director was last in Cannes in 2008 with Waltz with Bashir.

Ari Folman's highly anticipated The Congress will open Directors' Fortnight, the parallel section has announced via its official twitter account.

"The Congress from Ari Folman will open the 45th Fortnight!," tweeted the sidebar from its @quinzaine twitter account.

Earlier this week, the Cannes Film Festival announced Sofia Coppola'sThe Bling Ring would open the Official Selection's Un Certain Regard in a similar twitter operation.

The Congress is an adaptation of Polish writer Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress about a Hollywood star -- who wants to withdraw from the limelight -- who sells her scanned image to a studio for use in future films.

It stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti and Dany Huston, mixing animation and live action.

"Illusion, part-realist film, part-fantasy cartoon. The Congress looks at our future and that of the cinema. …

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