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November 16th, 2017 / No Comments

Andre Breton probably couldn’t have written his Manifesto of Surrealism on Twitter. Cate Blanchett and Julian Rosefeldt explain how artistic thought can survive the digital age

“You are all idiots,” Cate Blanchett says to a funeral full of mourners.

She hasn’t actually gatecrashed a memorial to the dearly departed. These are the words of Tristan Tzara, a founding figure of the Dada movement, and Blanchett is in one of the 13 personas she inhabits in Julian Rosefeldt’s film, Manifesto.

In just over 90 minutes, the Australian actress delivers manifestos of over 50 artists and thinkers, peerlessly manifesting herself to become a homeless man, a tattooed punk, a scientist and a Russian choreographer. The two-time Academy award winner collaborated with German artist Rosefeldt, known for his opulent video installations, to trace a lively history of artistic thought.

It makes for a passionate tribute to the tradition of manifesto writing, and a clarion call to contemporary creatives to really, really think. It also makes for a very intense watch. When I met Blanchett and Rosefeldt to discuss the film, she told me that after making it “I thought my head was going to explode.”

As a duo, they are refreshing company. They have a habit of seamlessly passing a thought between them as they push it further and further, and playfully pass questions on to each other (“That one’s yours!” “No, that’s yours!”). It’s easy to see how they could end up making such a rich and challenging piece of work together.

Manifesto – initially made as a multi-screen art installation in 2015 before being made into a feature film – has been created with the apparatus of digital technology, and yet it’s largely concerned with pre-digital age thinking. It’s a fitting contradiction for a form of writing which is full of them: destruction pitted against creation, arrogance next to insecurity, the future against the past.

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November 3rd, 2017 / No Comments

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February 23rd, 2017 / No Comments

FilmRise has acquired North American distribution rights to Manifesto, the Julian Rosefeldt film that just bowed at the Sundance Film Festival. A mid-2017 release date is in the works, and the film will land on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

Blanchett plays 13 separate characters —from an anchorwoman to a homeless man—performing monologues that incorporate manifestos from 20th century art movements. Before it was a feature film, Rosefeldt debuted the project at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as an art installation, where various characters and scenes were simultaneously displayed on 13 screens.

The Amazon deal came under the Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, through which FilmRise will receive an upfront cash bonus which could be applied toward supporting the film’s upcoming release, and will earn double the standard Amazon Video Direct per-hour royalty rate for the pic.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP Acquisitions Max Einhorn with Thania Dimitrakopoulou of The Match Factory. [Source]

December 18th, 2016 / No Comments

If the art world gave out Oscars, Cate Blanchett should win for her tour de force of starring roles in “Manifesto,” at the Park Avenue Armory. This toweringly ambitious, if occasionally pretentious film installation is the creation of Julian Rosefeldt, its writer, director and producer, a German artist drawn to complex narratives and fusions of real and cinematic space. His latest effort consists of 13 short films whose scripts are stitched together from nearly 50 manifestoes mostly by 20th-century artists, composers, architects and filmmakers. From Futurism to Pop Art and beyond, the writings layer knowledge, language and style into head-spinning densities. Some of these treatises were important turning points in art history; others are nearly forgotten.

The screens are the only light source, which guarantees a magical initial encounter. The first one focuses on a burning fuse. After all, manifestoes tend to be the inflammatory issue of angry, autocratic youth, usually male. They proliferated early in the last century (the first Futurist Manifesto dates from 1909), when artists increasingly saw themselves as rebels, out to transform their chosen media and society in the process. Logic fell out of favor, self-mythologizing did not. What better way to get attention than to gather together to announce the death of a previous art form and the birth of a new one.

Ms. Blanchett’s voice-over quotes the most famous sentence from Marx and Engels’s 1848 Communist Manifesto — “All that is solid melts into air” — then touches on the extremes of manifestoes from incendiary exhortation to laid-back parody. At one end is the manipulative Tristan Tzara, Dada’s founder, who begins adamantly, “To put out a manifesto you must want: ABC to fulminate against 1,2,3.” At the other, the gentle Philippe Soupault, a French Dadaist writer, is not looking for a fight: “I am writing a manifesto because I have nothing to say.”

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December 18th, 2016 / No Comments

The Match Factory has picked up international rights to Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto,” which features Cate Blanchett, and screens in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival.

“Manifesto” is the first feature-length film by the artist and filmmaker Rosefeldt, who is known for his elaborate film installations. He has adapted his multi-screen artwork of 13 films into one feature film.

The film combines artist manifestos from the early 20th to the start of the 21st century, including texts from Futurists and Dadaists to Pop Art and Fluxus, and from filmmakers like Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch. They are re-interpreted as “performative monologues” by Blanchett, who embodies 13 different roles, among them a choreographer, an elementary school teacher, a funeral speaker, a factory worker, a stockbroker, and a homeless person.

“The film reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations, often written in youthful rage as a living call to action,” according to a statement. “[It asks whether] those passionate statements can actually be universally applicable in our contemporary society, and questions the role of the artist today.”

“I was blown away by the richness of images that Julian found for the different radical manifestos and the passionate performance of Cate Blanchett,” said Michael Weber, managing director of The Match Factory.

“Manifesto” is written, directed and produced by Rosefeldt, whose short films include “Lonely Planet” (2006) and “Asylum” (2001/2002).

As previously announced, The Match Factory has also acquired Tarik Saleh’s political thriller “The Nile Hilton Incident,” which will compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Section at Sundance. [Source]

December 10th, 2015 / No Comments

Watch a teaser for the world premiere of Berlin artist Julian Rosefeldt’s new work, Manifesto. The piece stars Australian actor Cate Blanchett in a series of 13 monologues drawing on the written manifestos of artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. It is at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne from 9 December to 14 March before travelling to Sydney, Hamburg, Berlin and Hanover [Source]

November 22nd, 2015 / No Comments

Cate Blanchett stars in German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s upcoming exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

In Rosefeldt’s new work, which sees its world premiere on December 9 at the ACMI, Blanchett takes on the guise of a homeless man, a newsreader, school teacher, factory worker, ballet dancer, and rock chick, among other roles. The Academy Award winner is no stranger to adopting different characters in her prolific Hollywood career, and at times she appears almost unrecognizable.

As far as move star art efforts go, we’d say this one is pretty good. Blanchett is certainly more convincing than James Franco was in his ill-conceived recreation of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” series, although the piece is no Shia LaBeouf movie marathon.

Titled Manifesto, the 13-channel work casts Blanchett in different roles to recite 13 artist manifestos, from the writings of Futurists and Dadaists, to Situationists and Dogma 95, as well as individuals such as Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Elaine Sturtevant, and Sol LeWitt, among other artists, architects, dancers, and filmmakers.

With its simultaneous look at manifestos comprised throughout the 20th century, the work attempt to “question the role of the artist in society today.”

Rosenfeldt explains in an interview, “I started to play with the texts and to edit, combine and rearrange them into new texts that could be spoken and performed […] I would take a sentence by one artist and interrupt it with the words of another one.”

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