THE CONGRESS is an upcoming live action/animation film by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) loosely based the novel The Futurological Congress by speculative fiction author Stanislaw Lem. Set to premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as opening night film for the Directors’ Fortnight selection, the film explores the ramifications of how the new digital actress affects the future of the woman and society as a whole.
In the story, an aging actress (Robin Wright) with a disabled child agrees to a large payment to have a full body imaging that will be digitized and utilized to create a digital actress. As part of the agreement, she will no longer control her likeness and the studio will then utilize the new virtual thespian in any manner they see fit. As part of the agreement, she will also be forbidden from acting ever again.
The cast also includes Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti.