Young Karl Marx

[A] sinewy and intensely focused, uncompromisingly cerebral period drama… it gives you a sense of what radical politics was about: talk.


The Young Karl Marx

In his first film since the Oscar®-nominated documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, celebrated Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck (LUMUMBA) paints a vivid portrait of another of history’s most influential thinkers with THE YOUNG KARL MARX. A fervently intelligent chronicling of the blood, sweat and debate that went into the creation of a manifesto and a movement, the film premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

At the age of 26, Karl Marx (August Diehl; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE COUNTERFEITERS) embarks with his wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps; PHANTOM THREAD) on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris they meet young Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), son of a factory owner and an astute student of the English proletariat class. Engels brings Marx the missing piece to the puzzle that composes his new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, they will preside over the birth of the labor movement, which until then had been mostly makeshift and unorganized. This will grow into the most complete theoretical and political transformation of the world since the Renaissance – driven, against all expectations, by two brilliant, insolent and sharp-witted young men.

“A spry romp through the seven years leading up to the drafting of the Communist Manifesto… Peck’s lively, twinkly drama is at heart a bromance.” – Lee Marshall, Screen International
Bio-pic, Drama, History
German, French, English
Raoul Peck
Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck, Pierre Hodgson
August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps
Sarah Ward, Goethe-Institute Australien Magazine

Next, ponder Peck’s follow-up, a feature seemingly dissimilar in approach, but intricately linked to its predecessor in its underlying aims and notions. Just what’s at the centre of handsome period biopic The Young Karl Marx is immediately apparent, as the titular character played by August Diehl ...

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