Raoul Peck directs “Le jeune Karl Marx”


As a follow-up to the previous post Retrospective of Raoul Peck Films at BFI Southbank Centre in London in Dec., here is news on Raoul Peck’s latest directing project, Le jeune Karl Marx [Young Karl Marx]. Recently, Peck completed the Belgian leg of shooting this film, his fifth feature film. Here are translated excerpts adapted from an article by Fabien Lemercier (Cineuropa):

A regular at major festivals, the filmmaker has already been selected for competition at Cannes (L’homme sur les quais, 1993), Berlin (Quelques jours en avril, 2005), and Locarno (Haitian Corner, 1988). He directed many others, including Meurtre à Pacot  (premiered in Toronto in 2014 and screened this year by the Berlinale Panorama), the TV film Moloch Tropical (Berlinale Special 2010), Lumumba (Quinzaine des réalisateurs 2000) and the documentary film Assistance mortelle (Berlinale Special 2013).

The cast of Peck’s new work includes German actors August Diehl (Les faussaires, Layla, and to be seen next year in Diamant noir), Stefan Konarske (Same Same But Different and the recent French TV drama Démons), and Alexander Scheer; Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps (Hanna and Un homme très recherché); Belgian-born Olivier Gourmet (Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2002 for Les fils and nominated for a César 2012 for Best Actor in L’exercice de l’Etat); and [UK actress] Hannah Steele.

Written by screenwriter, director, and actor Pascal Bonitzer, the film is set in Europe in 1844-1848. In Germany, an intellectual opposition in turmoil is strongly suppressed. In France, the workers of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine were organizing. In England also, people were gathering; the revolution is industrial. At 26, Karl Marx (Diehl) leads his wife Jenny (Krieps) into exile. He arrived in Paris where he met Friedrich Engels (Konarske)—son of a leading industrialist—who had studied the working conditions of the British proletariat. These two children from “good families,” both of them bright, brazen, and funny, were able to construct a revolutionary movement unite and to assemble the theoretical tools to emancipate—across the borders of Europe—the oppressed peoples of the world.

For original article (in French) and more information, see http://cineuropa.org/nw.aspx?t=newsdetail&l=fr&did=299612

For a synopsis, see http://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=235590.html

Also see http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article17723#.VlCkBbfntD8

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