Manifesto

Manifesto

Manifesto

Cate Blanchett plays 13 different roles in this homage to the great artistic manifestos of our time, directed by artist Julian Rosefeldt.

"Taking on roles as diverse as a homeless man, preppy newsreader, and puppeteer, Blanchett is a chameleon. She playfully embodies key artistic manifestos including those of the Futurists, Dadaists and Lars von Trier's Dogma 95. The ideas of a range of artists, including Yvonne Rainer and Jim Jarmusch, are also explored. Manifesto was commissioned as an installation by, amongst others, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The ideas find new life in this feature-length form. With its stunning visuals and Blanchett's luminous performances, it is far more than a catalogue of famous manifestos. In questioning the role of art and artists in society today, it is a call to action." (Sydney Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Offensive language and drug references95 minsGermany, Australia
DramaFestival & Independent
Director:
Julian Rosefeldt ('The Creation')
Writer:
Julian Rosefeldt
Cast:
Cate Blanchett

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

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“Manifesto” is another way of saying “mission statement” or “declaration of intent.” Not the sort of thing you expect a Christian to utter around the dinner table, eyes closed, as they give thanks. If a manifesto is delivered in the form of a prayer, is it still a prayer? Is one delivered in the form of a eulogy, with no mention of the deceased person, still a eulogy? What if one were delivered as a live, at-the-scene report during the nightly news?

Cate Blanchett Shines

This works much better as an art installation then as a film but Cate Blanchett's performance is worth seeing alone.

3.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Even as Rosefeldt mines intellectual elitism, he reveals a disdain for pretension in the film's centerpiece monologue.

Variety

Variety

press

"Manifesto" may not adhere to any conventional narrative structure, but it's compulsively watchable all the same...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As an installation, "Manifesto" may have seemed like a sensory onslaught. As a movie, it's a very elaborate intellectual exercise, immaculate in every technical detail.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

It's no longer a showcase primarily for the artist. Manifesto becomes a tribute to the actor - and to the process of acting itself.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Whatever Rosefeldt intended, "Manifesto" doesn't quite set forth a manifesto of its own. But it's a blast of fresh air.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Confidently fulfils its ambitious intent with ease.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Rosefeldt and a very game Blanchett spring one surprising creation on the viewer after the other. But what it all adds up to is of course up for debate.

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

“Manifesto” is another way of saying “mission statement” or “declaration of intent.” Not the sort of thing you expect a Christian to utter around the dinner table, eyes closed, as they give thanks. If a manifesto is delivered in the form of a prayer, is it still a prayer? Is one delivered in the form of a eulogy, with no mention of the deceased person, still a eulogy? What if one were delivered as a live, at-the-scene report during the nightly news?

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Even as Rosefeldt mines intellectual elitism, he reveals a disdain for pretension in the film's centerpiece monologue.

Variety

Variety

press

"Manifesto" may not adhere to any conventional narrative structure, but it's compulsively watchable all the same...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As an installation, "Manifesto" may have seemed like a sensory onslaught. As a movie, it's a very elaborate intellectual exercise, immaculate in every technical detail.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

It's no longer a showcase primarily for the artist. Manifesto becomes a tribute to the actor - and to the process of acting itself.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Whatever Rosefeldt intended, "Manifesto" doesn't quite set forth a manifesto of its own. But it's a blast of fresh air.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Confidently fulfils its ambitious intent with ease.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Rosefeldt and a very game Blanchett spring one surprising creation on the viewer after the other. But what it all adds up to is of course up for debate.

Cate Blanchett Shines

This works much better as an art installation then as a film but Cate Blanchett's performance is worth seeing alone.

3.0