Magazine article Screen International

Cate Blanchett-Starring 'Manifesto' Gets North American Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Cate Blanchett-Starring 'Manifesto' Gets North American Deal

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Film and TV distributor FilmRise has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett, directed by Julian Rosefeldt.

FilmRise will release the film theatrically in mid-2017. The film will also be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video later this year. The distributor opted-in to Amazon Video Direct's Film Festival Stars program, which is designed to establish an attractive distribution model for films screened at film festivals, beginning with the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, which premiered to critical and audience acclaim at Sundance 2017, features Cate Blanchett playing characters from a wide range of contemporary backgrounds. Rosefeldt created a non-conventional narrative that presents each one of Blanchett's personas-from an anchorwoman to a homeless man-performing monologues that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.

Prior to turning Manifesto into a feature-length film, Rosefeldt launched the project in late 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as an art installation, where the various characters and scenes were simultaneously displayed on 13 screens. …

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