Fantastic Fest Day 7 (O’Apostolo, The Congress)
Ryan Revolver
9/26/2013

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. This unique film festival is taking place from September 19th-26th at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location.




Film: O’Apostolo


Synopsis: Gothic legends are brought to life by gorgeous stop-motion animation in this adult fantasy film from Spain.


Thoughts: The intricate building of suspense was just as impressive as the detail and love that was put into this stop-motion tale. The sets were immaculate-in a haunted town kinds of way. The scenes with lots of action, or movement, stretch the capabilities of animation in a wonderful way.


O’Apostolo - ★★★




Film: The Congress


Synopsis: Robin Wright (playing herself) receives the last offer she’ll ever get from a Hollywood studio in Ari Folman’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s classic scifi novel, and his follow-up to WALTZ WITH BASHIR.


Thoughts: The sharpness that Wright had in House of Cards has been replaced with vulnerability here. This film industry piece talked in earnest about the unpredictable and insecure nature of actors. While watching this film, several sequences revolving around the number 3 began to form.

 

Discussions

  1. Free will VS loss of (or selling off) identity
  2. Acting VS collection of real and natural occurring emotional human responses
  3. The beautiful illusion (“hallucinating over there”) VS bitter realism (“filth of truth”)

 

Men in Robin’s life

  1. Harvey Keitel as her long suffering agent – he is complacent towards her
  2. Paul Giamatti as her son’s physician – caring, compassionate with her
  3. Danny Huston as the Miramount Studio head – wanted to control her

 

On top of that Robin ultimately had to make three decisions that would warp her life and her world. Like he did in Waltz With Bashir, director Ari Folman relied heavily on animation. This allowed him to incorporate the whole of human history into its future path of ease and false sense of realism.


The Congress - ★★★1/2


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