Directed by Julian Rosefeldt
Germany 2016, 94'
Screenplay: Julian Rosefeldt
Cinematography: Christoph Krauss
Music: Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen
Editing: Bobby Good
Cast: Cate Blanchett (various roles)
Festivals, awards (selection)
Rotterdam 2017, Istanbul 2017, Sundance 2017, Tribeca 2017
An outstanding tribute to various art manifestos of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from Communism, Dadaism and Surrealism to Dogme, featuring thirteen different characters who are all played by the incredible Cate Blanchett.
The striking humorous audio-visual experience is a tour de force in which leading ideas about art and society are presented in twelve parts. Australian actress Blanchett depicts thirteen different characters, among them a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, and a homeless man. The witty, entertaining cinematic experiment, derived from Rosefeldt’s 2015 multi-screen film installation of the same name, is proof that visionary ideas really can be timeless.
“For me the film is really a manifesto itself. And that’s why I’m so happy that is out there in different forms now. It is a compilation of manifestos, but it has this manifesto energy. I also feel it in the reactions. Of course it’s contextualized like many films here. All of a sudden, they become descriptions of our time and what’s going on in the world – encouraging people to go against populism and stupidity. Although Manifesto is brainy and a hard text even for me, and I probably know them all by heart now, I think it’s a lesson in various things.” (Julian Rosefeldt)