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More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with THE PRINCESS BRIDE, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself, also named Robin Wright) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitally animated character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio's head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright's digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in "The Congress" convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. Also starring Paul Giamatti, Sami Gayle and Kodi Smit-McPhee. (Note courtesy of Drafthouse Films.)

Lem 2021: I've Seen the Future

A Stanisław Lem Centennial Screening Series

April 29–June 10


To mark the centennial of Polish literature icon Stanisław Lem (1921–2006), Poland has declared 2021 the "Year of Stanisław Lem," with dozens of events and artistic projects being organized to mark the occasion across the world. In collaboration with the Polish Film Festival Miami and the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC, AFI Silver is proud to present a selection of five films inspired by Lem's work.


Perhaps best known worldwide as the author of the 1961 novel, "Solaris," Stanisław Lem produced dozens upon dozens of novels, stories and essays throughout his nearly 60-year career. Renowned particularly for his work in the realm of science fiction, Lem's artistic output covers a plethora of genres, encompassing memoirs, accounts of his wartime experiences and philosophical texts. His science fiction narratives themselves often take unexpected and experimental forms, extending freely into the territories of philosophy and satire to create worlds that to contemporary eyes eerily prefigure everything from Google to virtual reality and smartphones.


This series spotlights some of the many eclectic, cinematic adaptations of Lem's work, from filmmakers as diverse as Andrei Tarkovsky (SOLARIS [1972]) and Andrzej Wajda (ROLY POLY) to Ari Folman (THE CONGRESS) and Steven Soderbergh (SOLARIS [2002]).


Presented by the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the Polish Film Festival Miami and the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC. For all films screening online in AFI Silver's Virtual Screening Room, click here. For films screening online via the Polish Film Festival Miami, visit movies.pffmiami.com.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    122 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, United States, India
  • Rating
  • Director
    Ari Folman
  • Screenwriter
    Ari Folman, from the novel "The Futurological Congress" by Stanisław Lem
  • Producer
    Ari Folman, Robin Wright, Reinhard Brundig, Sébastien Delloye, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska, David Grumbach, Eitan Mansuri
  • Cast
    Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, Sami Gayle and Kodi Smit-McPhee