Young Karl Marx, The (2018): Raoul Peck’s Follow-Up to his Oscar nominee, I Am Not Your Negro

The Young Karl Marx is Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s first film since his highly acclaimed Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro.

An intelligent chronicle of the efforts that went into the creation of a manifesto and a movement, the film premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Fest.

The movie opens in New York and Los Angeles on February 23 and then continue to roll out nationally. It will be available on Digital and On Demand on March 6.

The tale begins when Karl Marx (August Diehl), age 26, embarks with his wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps, of Phantom Thread Fame) on the road to exile.

In 1844, in 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 class-oriented society. Jointly, despite censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, they preside over the birth of the labor movement, which until then had been mostly makeshift and unorganized.

Their efforts grow into a comprehensive theoretical and political transformation of the world, driven, against all expectations, by two brilliant, insolent and sharp-witted young men.