Saturday Matinee: The Congress

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“The Congress” (2013) is a hallucinatory French-Israeli  sci-fi drama written and directed by Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir). Certain plot elements of the film were inspired by the science fiction novel “The Futurological Congress” by Stanisław Lem. Robin Wright stars as a fictionalized version of herself who reluctantly sells the film rights for her digital image in order to pay for her son’s medical treatment. Twenty years later she fully understands the repercussions of her decision in a dystopian society where the masses are addicted to an extreme form of “augmented reality” as drug-induced avatars while the ruling elite observe from above in airships.

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