How do you follow-up a critically acclaimed, Oscar-nomianted turn in a prestige drama like “Carol”? If you’re Cate Blanchett, you start taking some serious risks. The past year has seen the actress take roles in blockbusters like “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Ocean’s Eight,” plus star in an experimental short film where she plays a “spider-like woman who eats her partner after sex.” Now we can add “Manifesto” to the growing list of unconventional Blanchett roles that sound totally awesome.
Buried in yesterday’s Sundance Film Festival announcement, “Manifesto” comes from German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt. The project premiered as a multi-screen visual installation at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in March 2015, with Blanchett playing 13 different roles that embody major artistic movements. “Manifesto” will be making its world premiere as a 90-minute feature at Sundance.
The official synopsis reads: “Can history’s art manifestos apply to contemporary society? An homage to the twentieth century’s most impassioned artistic statements and innovators, from Futurists and Dadaists to Pop Art, Fluxus, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch, this series of reenactments performed by Cate Blanchett explores these declarations’ performative components and political significance.”
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival runs January 19-29. Check out first look photos from “Manifesto” below.