15 Best Movies and Performances of 2017 Sundance Film Festival

From fringe-movement docs to a baker's dozen of Cate Blanchetts – these were the films and unforgettable turns that made our festival

Cate Blanchett, 'Manifesto'
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Cate Blanchett, 'Manifesto'

What's better than a great Cate Blanchett performance? Answer: 13 of them. If you've caught Julian Rosefeldt's multimedia art installation of the same name, you've already seen the Australian actress recite famous statements of artistic intent in the round while embodying the show's various housewives, homeless men, Eastern European divas and punk rock debutantes. But presented in feature-film form, in which one dogma-dictating archetype blends in to another, the work suddenly becomes a tribute to the art of Blanchett's extraordinary screen chameleonism. Every single gesture and glance feels perfect here; performance-wise, we'd single out her Dada declaration at a funeral and the sequence in which a newscaster and a live-remote reporter (both played by, yes, our woman of the hour) arguing over the role of art in society. Pure genius.

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