Watch Cate Blanchett Take on 13 Different Roles in New Trailer for 'Manifesto'

Watch Cate Blanchett Take on 13 Different Roles in New Trailer for 'Manifesto'

From newscaster to homeless man—there isn't a role Cate Blanchett can't take on.

From newscaster to homeless man—there isn't a role Cate Blanchett can't take on.

Text: Priya Rao

What does an accomplished, Oscar-award-winning actress like Cate Blanchett do when challenging roles no longer look like a challenge? She takes on 13 at once.

Her latest film, Manifesto, sees her take on 13 different characters. It originally began as an art installation by Julian Rosenfeldt at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, Blanchett’s birthplace. As one cohesive film, Manifesto made its North American debut last December at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory. It will premiere at Sundance Film Festival, later this month.

Manifesto sees Blanchett reinterpreting famous art manifestos from the likes of Tristan Tzara, Claes Oldenburg, and Jim Jarmusch. On working with Blanchett, the artist says, “As you can imagine, Cate is breathtaking. She gave more than I could have ever dreamed.” While many of these missives were written in the 20th century, Blanchett obviously makes the pieces “fresh” and discoverable” says the auteur. “You read these works and you realize that these men are indicative of being able to speak loudly if you have something to say. Given the election and all the nonsense populist stupidity going on, it really is time for all of us to yell. Hopefully New Yorkers and Americans, who are in such a rush, slow down and take notice.”

View a slideshow of the characters below.

Credits: Images courtesy of Julian Rosefeldt and the Park Avenue Armory.

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