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Cannes: Ari Folman’s 'The Congress' to Open Directors' Fortnight

The Congress - H 2013

Robin Wright and Paul Giamatti star in the sci-fi film.

Ari Folman’s The Congress will open the 45th Director’s Fortnight sidebar during the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, the organization announced in a release Friday.

The part-animation and part live-action film stars Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston and Frances Fisher. It is adapted from the sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem.

This marks a return to Cannes for Folman, though in the independent sidebar. His Waltz with Bashir was a competition film in the Official Selection in 2008. 

The Congress is a haunted look on our future and the future of cinema,” said artistic director Edouard Waintrop. He will announce the remaining selections Tuesday.