First show: July 01
Tour-de-force: a term so overused that we need an undeniable acting performance to renew its meaning for cinema. Cate Blanchett has just given us one, going all-out in Manifesto. Already respected as one of the best actresses in film, Blanchett raises the bar even higher by playing 13 different roles in Manifesto, embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history.
The architect of this unique film idea is director Julian Rosefeldt, a veteran of intricate films and installations. In Manifesto, he uses the words from various twentieth century manifestos of artists, architects, and filmmakers for dialogue. With a gorgeous production utilizing sumptuous sets, outrageous locations scattered about Berlin and luscious cinematography that would make Baz Luhrmann proud, Rosefeldt puts Blanchett in the everyday world—as a housewife, a factory worker, or a TV anchor—declaring the words that have inspired whole art movements. Manifesto is entertaining while also asking us to question if these passionate statements still hold true and inspire us today. – Sundance. Written & Directed by Julian Rosefeldt, based on his art installation. Germany. In English. 2016. 95 mins.
“Critic’s Pick. Presented by the chameleonic actress Cate Blanchett. More than a performer, Ms. Blanchett is also a movie star, albeit a very particular caliber of movie star. Which is one of several reasons MANIFESTO works as well as it does in cinematic form. Sometimes brilliantly comedic…immaculate in every detail. The sound design, by Fabian Schmitt and Kuen-il Song, is particularly extraordinary. As an oblique examination and critique of political art and art history and their various interactions over the 20th century, MANIFESTO is both witty and provocative.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“Distinguished by a surprising lightness. Puckish humor. Blanchett soars.”
– Serena Donadoni, Village Voice
“What’s better than a great Cate Blanchett performance? Answer: 13 of them… A tribute to the art of Blanchett’s extraordinary screen chameleonism. Every single gesture and glance feels perfect. Pure genius.”
– David Fear, Rolling Stone
“It’s unlikely you’ll find a more playful and cinematic exploration of sincere critical themes”– Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair
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