Manifesto (2016)

Directed by Julian Rosefeldt
Germany | PG | Drama, Experimental | English | 94
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Communism, Dadaism, Futurism, Fluxus, Minimalism, Surrealism, Pop Art… Declarations drawn from some 60 published artistic and/or political manifestos spring from the mouths of 13 vividly realised fictional characters in Manifesto. Each is played, in a dazzling feat of chameleon artistry, by Cate Blanchett. German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s film, drawn from his widely travelled multi-screen installation, plants each of these characters within a marvellously precise theatrical setting. A Russian choreographer schools her dancers on Fluxus philosophy; a TV anchor woman delivers Sol LeWitt’s notes on Conceptual Art; a pre-school teacher recites the rules of Dogma 95 as she corrects her pupils’ work, adding instructive notes from Jim Jarmusch, Stan Brakhage and Werner Herzog.