Karl Marx as he is rarely depicted: a young, passionate activist, forced to move from country to country with his family. 1843: The 26-year-old Karl Marx is living in exile with his wife in Paris, where he meets Friedrich Engels, whose industrialist father runs a cotton mill in Manchester. The two young men become friends, start writing revolutionary texts together, seek out contact with the utopian workers' movement "League of the Just", and face resistance in France, Belgium and England – as well as from within their "own" ranks – as they struggle for nothing less than a new social order. Finally, they complete their influential work, "The Communist Manifesto".
“We wanted to stay as close as possible to the real and lively story of these larger than life characters, staying as close as possible to the era's zeitgeist. It is for this reason that we preferred to use direct sources first and foremost (and not the often mutually plagiarized and at times mistaken interpretations of diverse editors and chroniclers)”. (Director Raoul Peck)
France / Germany / Belgium 2017, colour, 112 mins. English, German, French. With English subtitles. Directed by Raoul Peck. With August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Olivier Gourmet, Michael Brandner, Alexander Scheer, Hannah Steele, Niels Bruno Schmidt.
was born in 1953 in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) and grew up in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), the U.S. and France. A director, screenwriter and producer, Peck studied economic engineering at the TU Berlin and film at the German Film Academiy (dffb) in Berlin. From 1996 to 1997, he was Haiti's Minister of Culture. He's been President of the French national film school in Paris, La Fémis, since 2010. In 1994, he was awarded the Néstor Almendros Prize as well as the Irene Diamond Award for his body of work by The Human Rights Watch.
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