The Young Karl Marx (Der junge Karl Marx)
Thursday, November 2, 7 pm
France / Germany / Belgium, 2017, 112 min., Director: Raoul Peck, Screenplay: Raoul Peck, Pascal Bonitzer, With: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, US Sales: The Orchard
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Discussion and reception with special guest follows the screening.
In 1844, 26-year-old Karl Marx and his wife Jenny are living in exile in Paris. Indebted and troubled by an existential crisis, he meets the slightly younger Friedrich Engels, son of a factory owner. Although Marx at first dismisses him as a member of the privileged upper class, the two impetuous young men soon become friends. Engels, who had previously published a study about the extreme impoverishment of the British proletariat, and Marx inspire each other to write texts that lay the theoretical foundation for a revolution which, in their eyes, is inevitable. It’s not merely about interpreting the world anymore. It’s about changing it. Fundamentally.