Brief synopsis

„Manifesto“ ist ein Kunstprojekt des Videokünstlers Julian Rosefeldt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bayerischen Rundfunk. Cate Blanchett verkörpert dabei in zwölf Episoden höchst unterschiedliche Frauen in verschiedenen Lebenssituationen, die bedeutende Künstler-Manifeste des 20. Jhh. darbieten.

Ab 2015 ist „Manifesto“ als Multikanal-Installation in Museen und als linearer Film auf Festivals zu sehen. Die Fernsehpremiere wird im Bayerischen Fernsehen sein.


Julian Rosefeldt's film Manifesto (2016) pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artistic manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.

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 di erent personas - among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man - Academy Award winner 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?

(Quelle: The Match Factory)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Cate Blanchettdiverse [SR] Soma Pysall
 Ralf TempelCatholic Priest (Dadaism Part) [BP]


Camera Departmentdirector of photography Christoph KraussMulti-Channel-Install. mit Cate Blanchett
Camera Departmentdirector of photography Axel Fischer2nd Unit
Camera Departmentdrone camera operator David SchlangeRed Epic MoVI M10
Camera Departmenthighspeed operator Marcel ReateguiPhantom Flex 4K
Camera Departmentmotion control operator Heiko MattingHiSpeed Dolly Modula Rig
Camera Departmentsteadicam operator Matthias Biber
Camera Department1st assistant camera Frederik TegethoffA-Cam
Camera Department1st assistant camera Gregor GrieshaberB Kamera
Camera Department2nd ac second assistant camera Julian RabusB Kamera
Camera Department2nd ac second assistant camera Paul Gredig

Production companies

 Schiwago Film GmbH
BR Bayerischer Rundfunk [de]in Zusammenarbeit

Distributing companies

Art Fest [bg]Bulgarien
Artcam [cz]Tschechien
Cinemanse [fi]Finnland
Cirko Film [hu]Ungarn
Contact Film [nl]Niederlande
DCM Film Distribution GmbH [de]Deutschland
El Sur Films [es]Spanien
Fabula Medya [tr]Türkei
Gutek Film [pl]Polen
Haut et Court [fr]Frankreich


Department CompanyComment
CameraCameras and Utilities PHX Pictures GmbHOctocopter Red Epic
CameraGrip mastermoves Motion ControlMotion Control
In Front of the CameraExtras/Bit Player Agentur Filmgesichter | Johanna Ragwitz
ProductionProduction Services astRein FußmattenFußmattenservice
Production DesignCostumes Theaterkunst GmbH KostümausstattungKB: Bina Daigeler
Production DesignCostumes Wellenstein zeitgenössische Kostüme GmbHKB: Bina Daigeler


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
 Christoph Krauss2017Deutscher Kamerapreis 2017KinospielfilmWinner
 Christoph Krauss2018Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) [de]Beste Kamera/Bildgestaltung:Nominated
Julian Rosefeldt2018Preis der dt. Filmkritik 2017Bester ExperimentalfilmNominated
 Erwin W. Prib2018Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) [de]Bestes SzenenbildWinner
Bina Daigeler2018Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) [de]Bestes KostümbildWinner
Massimo Gattabrusi2018Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) [de]Bestes MaskenbildWinner
Morag Ross2018Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) [de]Bestes MaskenbildWinner


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 23.11.2017