Berlin: Cate Blanchett's 'Manifesto' Lands at FilmRise

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Blanchett plays 13 different characters in the film, which first debuted at Sundance.

The North American rights for Julian Rosefeldt's film Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett as 13 different characters, have been acquired by FilmRise. FilmRise plans to release the film theatrically in mid-2017.

Manifesto puts 13 different characters on display, each of which are a physical representation of a single 20th century art movement, and are all portrayed by Blanchett. The film was shot in 12 days throughout the city of Berlin. The project originally began as an art piece at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, where each character was simultaneously displayed on separate screens.

THR's review from Sundance said of the film: "Rosefeldt and a very game Blanchett spring one surprising creation on the viewer after the other. But what it all adds up to is of course up for debate."

The film also will 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.

Of the films that premiered at Sundance, FilmRise also has the North American rights to coming-of-age film Dayveon, the debut feature film of Amman Abbasi.

Manifesto will be screened at the European Film Market on Feb. 10, 11 and 12.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and vp acquisitions Max Einhorn with Thania Dimitrakopoulou of The Match Factory.