Ari Folman. director of ‘Waltz With Bashir’ is tackling another big project. He’s working on a G-rated animation project based on Anne Frank.
Ari Folman’s movie ‘The Congress’ is a brilliant spectacle, an exhilarating visual extravaganza and a slapdash thought experiment. It is also unlike anything Ezra Glinter has ever seen.
Although Ari Folman’s “The Congress” didn’t make the main competition at the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival, it will open the Director’s Fortnight sidebar, the festival announced yesterday. The film is reported to be part-animated and part-live action, and stars Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm and Harvey Keitel, among others.
The Cannes International Film Festival announced the lineup for its main competition today, and the film I was hoping for most isn’t there.
Crossposted from Haaretz
One thing is for sure: The Israeli creators of “Waltz with Bashir” are no sore losers.
The Israeli film “Waltz With Bashir” — Ari Folman’s animated documentary about the 1982 Lebanon War — was favored to win the Oscar for best foreign language film. But it was beat out for the award Sunday by the Japanese contender “Departures,” about an unemployed classical musician who takes a job in a mortuary.
“Waltz with Bashir” may be the favorite for winning the Oscar in the Foreign Language Film category, but back home in Israel, the film’s director, Ari Folman, is being slammed from both sides of the political map.