“No Such Thing As The Place That You Came From”

The new trailer for Ari Folman‘s The Congress, which will screen within hours under Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Now this — this! — is the kind of animation I can roll with. Animation built upon a narrative that clearly says “digital animation is an artificial bullshit reality, visually mesmerizing but sterile” and makes no bones about it.

Wiki synopsis: “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.”

Folman’s script is based on Stanislaw Lem‘s “The Futurological Congress.”

  • bacio

    The kite scene was shot at Tempelhof airport!

    • David Slovakia

      Pics or it didn’t happen.

  • Ira Parks

    JEFFREY WELLS SAYS…

    I recently did the friend of a friend (a widely read web gossip phenom that will not be named here) a favor by getting him off the blacklist of a certain publicist. This person has agreed to write The Discriminator while I’m in Cannes as remuneration. I feel like Nic Cage leaving Sarah Jessica Parker with James Caan in HONEYMOON IN VEGAS…It doesn’t sit well, but I’m swamped and what can you do? Without further ado…

    THE DISCRIMINATOR SAYS…

    Tapley spotted at Sony?
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    Is the Discriminator seeing things, or was that Kris Tapley attending a hush-hush screening on the lot? Do tell, Kris..

    Farber cover is a turkey.
    (Down arrow)

    Freidschinklle Books out of Munich recently released a collection of Manny Farber’s essays. The problem? That simply HIDEOUS jacket design. Pooh-pooh says The Discriminator.

    Guess who?
    (Neutral arrows)

    A film blogger who’s named for an Eastern Eurpopean country was spotted at L.A. hotspot La Nouvani last night. The waiter tells The Discriminator that the mystery man was thumbs down on his salad.

    Bad boy, Gabe
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    The Discriminator personally saw film critic Gabe Toro argue with a dry cleaner’s assistant in Van Nuys on Monday. Ring around the collar, Gabe?

  • David Slovakia

    Looks a lot better than Assage August County.

  • Correcting Jeff

    “Now this — this! — is the kind of animation I can roll with. Animation built upon a narrative that clearly says “digital animation is an artificial bullshit reality, visually mesmerizing but sterile” and makes no bones about it.”

    Yoni Goodman’s animation studio works in Adobe Flash. Such an artificial bullshit reality!

    • TheAngryInternet

      To be fair, Goodman apparently got fed up with Flash a few years back and upgraded to the considerably more sophisticated Toon Boom Harmony (though I feel a little strange using the word “sophisticated” alongside that name). Still, it’s abundantly clear from this interview–with its talk of “pegs” and “vectors” and “paint buckets” and the like–that this is not at all an “analog” production. Meanwhile, From Up on Poppy Hill (which is almost entirely hand-drawn and hand-colored and only used computers for compositing and a handful of effects shots) remains completely unmentioned on this site as it enters its third month in U.S. theaters. I love it when Wells acts like an animation connoisseur.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-McCormick/19505840 Kevin McCormick

        Jeff only brings up Asian cinema when he feels like complaining about the current state of action films. Any and all anime analysis is gonna be from DZ.

  • http://twitter.com/Glenn__Kenny Glenn Kenny

    You guys don’t get it, Wells is very excited that Ari Forman made a movie specifically tailored to his, and only his, worldview. Stop killing his buzz with actual technical facts.

  • http://twitter.com/thin_white_duke Ian

    I wonder why this didn’t make the Cannes Competition. It’s clearly not too bonkers for Cannes. They were happy to include and award Holy Motors and Uncle Boonmee. Either way, it looks ambitious and I’m excited for it. Anytime we get Keitel it’s a good thing.

  • patches23

    OT: the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures is now online.

    http://youtu.be/FR-loS9MHww