Based on the novel “The Futurological Congress” by Stenislaw Lem (1971), Ari Folman’s “The Congress” opened the Directors’ Fortnight selection screenings at the 2013 Cannes Festival. This futuristic partial animated film explores the stakes of our digital world, its dehumanisation and man’s obsession with chemical substances.
Max Richter composed for “The Congress” a wonderful dreamlike classical score, which perfectly fits the animated, dreamy and hallucinogenic mood of the picture. Max Richter’s dramatic and melancholic compositions support the labyrinthine narration of this true visual masterpiece.
In addition of Max Richter’s score, we can hear in the film – and its soundtrack album – two classical pieces by Schubert (“Trio in E-Flat Major, D. 929”) and Chopin (“Nocturne Op. 27/1 in C# minor”) along with two marvellous covers of Robin Wright performing Leonard’s Cohen “If It Be Your Will” and Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”.