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Bina Daigeler joined us with film critic Tim Robey to talk about the challenges of creating the costumes for the thirteen characters played by Cate Blanchett in Manifesto.
dir: Julian Rosefeldt
with Cate Blanchett
Germany | 2015 | 95 mins | cert. 15 | col
Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, 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 artists groups, as well as 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, Cate Blanchett inhabits thirteen different personas, and imbues remarkable dramatic life into both famous and lesser-known words in unexpected contexts. Her extraordinary transformations are manifested with the combined expertise of Costume Designer Bina Daigeler and Make-Up Artist Morag Ross.
ABOUT BINA DAIGELER
“Life made me travel from Munich to Madrid, where I managed to work on the two things I am really passionate about: costumes and film. Languages and my vocation were crucial on my becoming part of the team of Bille August’s La Casa de Espíritus and Ridley Scott’s 1492.
My first job as Head of Costume Design came with a film that, at the time, broke box office and commercial molds in Spanish cinema: Airbag by Juanma Bajo Ulloa. Subsequently, I have worked with Pedro Almodóvar on two of his most acclaimed films: All About My Mother and Volver. For these works, along with my costume designs for Joaquin Oristrell’s Inconscientes and Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s Princesas, I was nominated for the Goya Awards.
I have had the opportunity to work with Antonio Banderas in his second film as director, El Camino de los Ingleses, and also in the directorial debut of Jordi Molla, No Somos Nadie. I worked on La Fiesta del Chivo with Luis Llosa, Capitanes de Abril with Maria de Medeiros, El Lápiz del Carpintero with Anton Reixes, and more recently in Pájaros de Papel, Emilio Aragon’s first film.
Internationally, I have been in charge of Costume Design in the two parts of Che by Steven Sodenbergh, with Benicio del Toro, in Imagining Argentina by Christopher Hampton, with Antonio Banderas (this time as an actor) and Emma Thompson. I made costumes for John Malkovich’s behind-the-camera debut as director, The Dancer Upstairs, in the drama about the Spanish Civil War, Las Mujeres del Anarquista directed by Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr, and in the German box office hit Der Schuh des Manitu by Michael Herbig. And more recently, with Jim Jarmusch in The Limits Of Control, Alejandro González Iñárritu in Biutiful, and Dominik Moll in The Monk.
All these films have given me the opportunity to dive into different times, characters and worlds. Turning an actor into a character and infusing truth and life into the movies through costume design is still my main goal and my passion.”
ABOUT TIM ROBEY
Tim Robey has written on film, and occasionally books, for the Daily Telegraph since 2000. He is co-editor of The DVD Stack (Canongate), a guide to the best versions of movies available globally, and turns up on Radio 4’s Front Row, the Film Programme, Monocle FM Radio and BBC Film 2017.
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