Manifesto

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Germany | 2017 | 95 minutes | Julian Rosefeldt

Cate Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself into 13 distinct characters for visual artist Julian Rosefeldt's cheeky avant-garde exploration of modern art's most timeless philosophical declarations.

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The changes associated with revolutions are usually expressed in their manifestos. "The Communist Manifesto" is the obvious example, but you can also look to the artistic revolutions of abstract expressionism or constructivism or surrealism and find their rules and regulations. In Manifesto, German-based film and video artist Julian Rosefeldt teams with the amazing actress Cate Blanchett to examine and explore 13 of the most important manifestos of the 20th century. Originally a site-specific installation on 13 screens, this single-channel feature-film version draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, and Fluxus artists, all the way up to the Dogme 95 filmmakers, and filters their words through 13 different characters played by Blanchett: In one she's a puppeteer talking about surrealism; in another a broker talking about futurism; in yet another she's both a news anchor and a reporter talking about conceptual art and minimalism. With immaculate cinematography and gorgeous production value, this acting tour-de-force is as like nothing else at the Festival. Instead of simply words from history, the performance of these manifestos can work as anything from amusing anecdotes to a contemporary call to action.

Director Biography

After studying architecture in Munich and Barcelona, Julian Rosefeldt has presented art in a variety of video, film, and photo media. Manifesto is his second feature film.

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  • Director: Julian Rosefeldt
  • Principal Cast: Cate Blanchett
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Germany, Australia
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Julian Rosefeldt
  • Screenplay: Julian Rosefeldt
  • Cinematographers: Christoph Krauss
  • Editors: Bobby Good
  • Music: Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Creation (2015)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Rise
  • International Sales: The Match Factory