Julian Rosefeldt’s video art installation turned feature film Manifesto features Cate Blanchett taking on 13 wildly different roles to deliver dozens of real manifestos that Rosefeldt collected and edited together.
As he explains to NoFilmSchool, “The one thing I was sure about was that I wanted [Blanchett] to be many people. And so I went deep into reading of all kinds of manifestos that I could get a hold on. Literally every manifesto that I could find—and not only art manifestos, but also theater, architecture, film, political manifestos. I started to re-collage them, re-edit them without really changing them, but rather shortening them or combining them. On the other hand, I was collecting ideas for scenes in which a woman—sometimes a man—delivers a monologue. All kinds of situations. And slowly these scenes and the ideas of the manifestos merged in my mind. It’s all about speed and fascination for technology. I was looking for contemporary scenery for that which contains the fascination, but also the danger of technology.
“I’m interested in the mechanics of the myth-making machine of cinema,” he continues. “But also trying to find out how the brain functions and associative manner—you take A and B and the audience makes C out of it. Two things that don’t necessarily belong together sometimes give more space for yourself as a viewer than if you match everything accordingly.”
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