Drafthouse Films Takes Ari Folman’s The Congress


Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Films We Like announced today the co-acquisition of North American rights to sci-fi epic The Congress from this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the “Directors’ Fortnight” section.

From Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir), the film stars Robin Wright (“House Of Cards”; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Paul Giamatti (Sideways; John Dies At The End) and Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver, Bad Lieutenant). A US theatrical and VOD/digital release is planned for 2014 and Films We Like in Toronto will handle Canadian distribution.

Based on legendary science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem’s 1971 novel “The Futurological Congress”, Folman’s adaptation blends live action and psychedelic animation as an aging, out-of-work actress (Wright in an unusual role playing an alternate reality version of herself) accepts her final job: preserving her digital image for a future Hollywood. 20 years later, Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom and is invited to take part in “The Congress” as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

“I am extremely excited by the idea that an innovative and passionate company such as Drafthouse Films will be the American distributor for ‘The Congress’,” says Director Ari Folman, “and their immediate reaction towards the film felt like love at first sight. I am absolutely confident they will take the film to all those places it is meant to go.”

“‘The Congress’ cements Ari Folman’s position as one of the most innovative and provocative filmmakers working today,” says Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League. “It will be a joy to share his creative vision with American audiences.”

Ron Mann of Films We Like adds, “We are ecstatic to release The Congress in tandem with Drafthouse Films. It is a remarkable visionary film and we are honoured to present it to audiences in Canada.”

“We are delighted for our first collaboration with Drafthouse Films, to partner again with Films We Like, and are convinced that ‘The Congress’ is in the best hands,” said Michael Weber, Managing Director of The Match Factory. “They share our enthusiasm for this unique director’s new film and will do a great job making it visible to the widest possible audience.”

You can check out two newly released stills from the film below. Click on either for larger versions in our gallery: