Germany, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,Europe)

Director: Julian Rosefeldt


Oscar-winning luminary Cate Blanchett plays 13 wildly different roles in this film version of Julian Rosefeldt's acclaimed installation piece, delivering a transcendent performance quite unlike anything she's ever created.

Proving her performance as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There was just a taste, Cate Blanchett steps into a baker's dozen personae – including a raving homeless man, schoolteacher, newsreader, factory worker and nihilistic punk – for Berlin-based artist Julian Rosefeldt's daring film adaptation of his multi-screen installation work.

Manifesto takes some of the most famous works of the last century – from the Futurists to the Marxists, Dada to Dogme '95 – and has Blanchett reinterpret them as performative monologues, questioning the nature of art and the political through jarring, often hilariously absurd new contexts. Blanchett dazzles in her chameleonic virtuosity, moving between gender and class with fluid grace.

'A tapestry of masterful performances that, like Manifesto itself, push past traditional boundaries in order to locate deeper, more authentic truths.' – Film Journal International

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