CSS: Proiecție – The Congress (Ari Folman, 2013) & Dj Set – Pa Lee
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“The Israeli animator Ari Folman took Cannes by storm in 2008 with his shattering Waltz with Bashir – a rotoscoped marvel, mining the director’s own experiences as a young conscript at the Sabra and Shatila massacres in Lebanon. The Congress – a skittish sci-fi drama based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem – at least proves he is no one-trick pony. If anything it makes its case too strongly. The Congress contains tricks aplenty and ideas in abundance. The problem comes in herding these scattered, floating elements towards a satisfying whole.
The Congress touches on issues of intellectual copyright and internet avatars. It hunts high and low for the human element in a virtual world. And yet for all its modish gestures, there is something endearingly retro about Folman’s handling. The live-action premise harks back to the stolid dystopian sci-fi of the 1970s, while the cartoon landscapes of Abrahama stir memories of Yellow Submarine-era psychedelia, right down to the pink skies, winged beings and fabulously blooming foliage. As the animated Wright wanders the zone in search of her son, she runs across the flotsam of the 20th-century jet set she was once a part of.”
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Artwork: Alexandra Mocan
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