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The Congress + World of Tomorrow

Friday, Feb 24, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

These two animated films pose existential questions about the nature of reality.  

The Congress
Dir. Ari Folman. 2013, 123 mins. With Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress and created through a mix of live-action and animation, this astonishing film from Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) is one of the most existentially probing films of the last decade. Wright, playing herself, is at a pivotal career moment: her agent (Harvey Keitel) has brokered an irresistible deal with the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), who has offered to buy the rights to her screen presence for eternity so “Robin Wright” can continue to star in films, forever young, while the aging Wright can focus on her personal life. Twenty years later, Wright must choose whether to tune in or get out of an increasingly wild, hallucinatory world controlled by movie studios. 

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World of Tomorrow
Dir. Don Hertzfeldt. 2015, 17 mins. With Julia Pott and Winona Mae. One of the most acclaimed short films of all time, beloved animator Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow follows Emily Prime, voiced by the filmmaker’s four-year-old niece, on a tour of the future. Funny and profound, the film “needs only two stick figures and 16 minutes to lay out everything that you need to know about life on this planet or any other” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire). 

ickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.