Films screening at this event

The Young Karl Marx

Raoul Peck
August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps
Belgium, France, Germany
118 min

“An intense, fervent film about the early development of communism.” ā€“ The Guardian

At the age of 26, Karl Marx embarks with his wife Jenny on the road to exile. In Paris in 1844 they meet young Friedrich Engels, son of a factory owner, who has studied the sordid beginnings of the English proletariat. Engels, somewhat of a dandy, 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 preside over the birth of the labour movement, which until then had been mostly makeshift and unorganised. This grows into the most complete theoretical and political transformation of the world since the Renaissance ā€“ driven, against all expectations, by two brilliant, insolent and sharp-witted young men. The Young Karl Marx tells the story of these extraordinary events.