Cate Blanchett plays 13 different roles in ‘Manifesto’

By Ryan Keating-Lambert

Cate Blanchett is one of the greatest performers of our time. Her roles are iconic and saying that they’re diverse would be a massive understatement. This year’s been no exception. She had an Oscar nomination for her role in Carol. She dabbled in Disney with The Jungle Book, and also made her Marvel debut and signed up for Thor: Ragnarok. On top of that, she played a spider-like predator in RED, where she eats her partners after sex. Pretty cool, right?

Now, premiering at Sundance in January is the art film project Manifesto which sees Blanchett portraying 13 different roles that all embody different artistic movements. The film was made and directed by German artist Julian Rosefeldt. I was actually lucky enough to see some of this film when it was on display in Sydney at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The film had been cut and placed in an installation on multiple screens.


According to Rosefeldt, Manifesto is an homage to great twentieth century contemporary art movements and artists like Lars Von Trier, Jim Jarmusch. Being a fan of those last two names, I’m quite anxious to see the finished product. Although there is no word on commercial release at this point. Watch this space.

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