Ari Folman for Congress

December 18, 2008 by  
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Ari Folman, director of the sublime Waltz with Bashir is looking set to tap into the power of animation once again, as he’s slated to write and direct a live action/animation crossover of Stanislaw Lem’s short story “The Futurological Congress” for the big screen.

Congress is the story of a seemingly utopian society with a dark underbelly of drugs and prejudice, and Folman’s ideas sound like they’re going to do justice to the scale of the story: “Think of your favorite young actress. She’ll appear that way at the beginning, and then as the film goes on, she’ll be drawn like she’s 50.” This won’t be the first time on of Lem’s works has been adapted, as both Steven Soderbergh and Adrei Tarkovsky have directed versions of Solaris.

Meanwhile, dystopia seems to be rife in Hollywood, as Ridley Scott – a man with experience of dark futures, Blade Runner style – makes inroads on his adaption of Aldous Huxley’s masterpiece Brave New World.

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  1. Breindel Lieba Kasher says:

    Once an educator at Yad Vaashem, I became an independent researcher of shoah. From l989, I traveled through out Eastern Europe for over a decade, filming, recording, and interviewing survivors. From my work I made an experiential documentary in Yiddish with English subtitles entitled, “Der Letzter Lubliner,” (The Last Jew From Lublin.) That film was shown all over the world and picked up by Boston’s Facing History teaching the legacy of the holocaust. I call the film a visual poem.
    Now I have completed a work, “Who Robbed The Moon.” It is the story of the shoah told by 13 survivors, men and women from different countries, different walks of life. I put their words into poetry form. Each of their stories, again like visual poetry, weaves together to tell one story in a unique way. I thought, when I saw Waltzing with Bashir, this most powerful film told an anti war story in a whole new and honest, stripped to the bones, way. I think my work also comes to shoah in a different way, through another door. I should like to contact Ari Folman to see if there is any way to make a film from this work. I was already told it would be a powerful play, by Charles Fishman, a well known poet. Waltzing Bashir made me my work in a new way. I hope to get some response.

    thank you,


  2. Laurence Topliffe says:

    I would like to know where to send a fax or email or postal mail to Ari Folman.