The Young Karl Marx

2017/ Color/112 mins/France, Germany, Belgium




Category Cinema International
Director Raoul Peck
Producer Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, Raoul Peck
Screenplay Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck
Cinematography Kolja Brandt
Editor Frederique Broos
Music Alexei Aigui
Set Benoit Barouh
Costume Paule Mangenot
Cast August Diehl (Karl Marx), Stefan Konarske (Friedrich Engels), Vicky Krieps (Jenny Marx), Olivier Gourmet (Pierre Proudhon), Alexander Scheer (Wilhelm Weitling), Michael Brandner (Joseph Moll), Hannah Steele (Mary Burns), Niels Schmidt (Karl Grun)
Production Company AGAT Films, Velvet Film
World Sales Films Distribution
Festival/Awards NA

1844. Karl Marx is 26 years old and living with his wife Jenny in exile in Paris. He is habitually in debt and plagued by existential anxieties. When he first meets the slightly younger factory owner's son Friedrich Engels he dismisses him as a dandy. But Engels, who has just published a study on the miserable impoverishment of the English proletariat, has long since begun to distance himself from his own class. The two like-minded men become friends and soon inspire each other to write texts in which they seek to provide a theoretical foundation for the revolution they believe must come. Their goal is no longer to merely interpret the world, but to change it. Fundamentally. Resistance on the part of conservative forces and internal power struggles within the political Left only serve to spur them on.

Director:
Raoul Peck
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, Raoul Peck grew up in Zaire and the USA and studied in France, the USA and at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. In 1993 his feature film The Man by the Shore was the first Caribbean film to screen in Competition at Cannes. Between 1996 and 1997 he was Minister of Culture in Haiti. He was member of the Berlinale International Jury in 2002 and of the competition jury in Cannes in 2012. His feature films and documentaries have screened frequently in the Berlinale.

Selected Filmography:
Murder in Pacot (2014)
Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle (2001)
Lumumba (2000)
Desounen: Dialogue with Death (1994)