Hull Independent Cinema presents: MANIFESTO
23 Jan 2018, Vue Cinema Hull, Princes Quay, Hull
Julian Rosefeldt | 2017 | Germany/Australia | Cert 15 | 101 mins
Vue Cinemas has one of the best concessions in town, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room open around ten minutes before the performance starts
7:30pm: Programme starts
9:20pm: Programme ends
From an anchorwoman to a homeless man, actress Cate Blanchett portrays 13 distinct characters in vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos.
MANIFESTO draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. Passing the ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and other creators through his lens, Rosefeldt has edited and reassembled thirteen collages of artists’ manifestos.
Performing these ‘new manifestos’ as a contemporary call to action, while inhabiting thirteen different personas – among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into both famous and lesser-known words in unexpected contexts. Rosefeldt’s film reveals the performative component and the political significance of these declarations. Often written in youthful rage, they not only express the wish to change the world through art but also reflect the voice of a generation.
Exploring the powerful urgency of these historical statements, which were composed with passion and conviction by artists many years ago, Manifesto questions whether the words and sentiments have withstood the passage of time. Can they be applied universally? And how have the dynamics between politics, art and life shifted?
“There is a hypnotic fascination to this work by artist and film-maker Julian Rosefeldt, one of the few commercial films that explores the boundaries between cinema and installation, or cinema and video art.” – The Guardian
“MANIFESTO is an art film in the truest sense: It is conceptual in nature, non-traditional in form, and perfectly esoteric in appeal.” – Variety
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