The Young Karl Marx

2017 | Germany, France, Belgium | NR | 118 min.


Kirkbride at the Commons Wed, Jul 26, 2017 9:00 PM
State Theatre Sat, Jul 29, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
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Original Title:Le jeune Karl Marx
Release Year:2017
Runtime:118 min.
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Raoul Peck
Produced by:Nicholas Blanc
Rémi Grellety
Robert Guédiguian
Raoul Peck
Screenwriter:Pascal Bonitzer
Raoul Peck
Pierre Hodgson
Cinematography:Kolja Brandt
Editing By:Frédérique Broos
Cast:August Diehl
Stefan Konarske
Vicky Krieps
Hannah Steele
Olivier Gourmet


Few, if any, other thinkers have impacted modern society as much as Karl Marx. In this incandescent biopic, masterfully directed by Raoul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro,” also playing at this year’s festival), the brilliant philosopher is brought to vivid and dramatic life. Telling the fascinating tale of Marx’s intellectual awakening, his marriage to a beautiful, supportive, and complex woman, and his working partnership and bromance with Friedrich Engels, “The Young Karl Marx” deftly charts his dramatic rise from a struggling family man and hopeless romantic to one of the most influential minds in human history. Sparring with fellow philosophers and oppressive government leaders over issues ranging from child labor and assembly line factories to injustices caused by capitalism and class systems, urged on and moderated by Engels, Marx is revealed as a firebrand perfectly suited to foment revolution. Whether you think you love or loathe Marxism, this timely film sheds new light on the flesh-and-blood man whose groundbreaking ideas and fearless free thinking forever changed the history of mankind, and the passionate people who helped him along the way.

Zeke Clemons (Wed)
Bella (Sat)

The Cover Family (Wed)
Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin (Sat)