Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, Raoul Peck
Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck
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)
AGAT Films, Velvet Film
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.