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Manifesto

Cate Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance in this kaleidoscopic trip through the art manifestos of the 20th century.

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Credits

Dir-Scr Julian Rosefeldt
Prod Julian Rosefeldt, Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Wassili Zygouris
With Cate Blanchett
Germany-Australia
2017
95min
UK Distribution Neon Kino / Eve Gabereau

Cate Blanchett is in full-on chameleon mode, playing 13 different characters in this energetic tribute to artistic troublemakers. In this thrilling history of 20th century ideas, Blanchett narrates the tenets of movements including modernism, futurism, communism and Dogme 95. As each manifesto seeks to rip up what has come before, so each scene here builds on and destroys the preceding philosophies, employing different techniques of delivery to explore ideas about aesthetics, technology and politics. In one scene, a housewife’s evening prayer becomes Claes Oldenburg’s I Am for an Art, while in a humorous later segment, Blanchett takes dual roles as newsreader and weather reporter to discuss conceptual art. That each separate world feels so fully realised is down to the meticulous mise-en-scène of artist-director Julian Rosefeldt, who expands on his original multi-screen installation to create a kaleidoscopic feature film for creative spirits that will provoke and inspire.

Kate Taylor

See also LFF Connects: Julian Rosefeldt & Cate Blanchett

Additional information

The screening on Fri 6 Oct has an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially sighted. Headphones are available on request.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Julian Rosefeldt, Director; Cate Blanchett, Cast

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