05/14/2013 10:18 am ET

'The Congress' Trailer: Ari Folman's Sci-Fi Cannes Entry Debuts Clip

"The Congress," a partially animated and partially live-action film debuting at Cannes Film Festival this week, has unveiled its trailer.

The movie is loosely based on the 1971 utopian-fiction novel "The Futurological Congress" by Stanisław Lem, who also wrote "Solaris." Ari Folman, who helmed the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary "Waltz with Bashir," directed.

"The Congress" offers a meta-statement on living in a digital world, with Robin Wright portraying herself -- an actress who accepts a hefty payment to have a digitized version of herself created in order to care for her disabled son. After her digital self is born, film studios can utilize the replica in any manner they see fit, evoking themes that transcend even Big Brother-style voyeurism.

The French-language film boasts an all-star cast that includes Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston and Frances Fisher. It will open the 45th Director’s Fortnight portion of the festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"As I Lay Dying," another buzz-worthy Cannes premiere, also debuted its trailer this week.



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