20.02.2017  •  Film NEWS


'The Young Karl Marx' as a guest at BERLINALE – DOP of the biopic was Kolja BRANDT c/o 1ST UNIT


1ST UNIT: The Young Karl Marx - DOP Kolja BRANDT

Director: Raoul Peck
DOP: Kolja Brandt c/o 1st Unit
Production: Rohfilm GmbH, Berlin; Artémis Productions, Brüssel
Usage: Filmstills
Art Director: Benoît Barouh
TV Producer: Nicolas Blanc, Rémi Grellety, Robert Guédiguian, Raoul Peck
Copywriter: Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck
Sound Design: Jörg Theil, Benoît Biral
Music: Alexei Aigui
Styling: Paule Mangenot
Make-up: Anne Moralis
Cast: August Diehl (Karl Marx) Stefan Konarske (Friedrich Engels) Vicky Krieps (Jenny Marx) Olivier Gourmet (Pierre Proudhon) Michael Brandner (Joseph Moll) Alexander Scheer (Wilhelm Weitling) Hannah Steele (Mary Burns) Niels Bruno Schmidt (Karl Grün)
Prod Design: Merlin ORTNER c/o BITE MANAGEMENT

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Human history is a story about deviding and ruling. Since transition is usually not voluntary, the goal must be clearly communicated in advance of radical change in order be more readily accepted. This is also in the case with Karl Marx, a German philosopher, economist, social theorist, political journalist, protagonist of the labor movement as well as a critic of bourgeois society and religion. The film "The Young Karl Marx" just celebrated its debut at the Berlinale, DOP was Kolja BRANDT c/o 1ST UNIT.

Karl Marx is, next to Friedrich Engels, still regarded today as the most influential theorist of socialism and communism. And even if communism is considered outdated in our day and age, the class struggle is not. Pioneers and the avant-garde are often forgotten because we measure them in relation to our reality. Social service, child support, women's suffrage, minority rights, inclusion, ... all had to be fought hard for. The film was directed by Raoul Peck, who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Peck studied in France, the US and at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. With his film 'L'homme sur les quais', he presented the first contribution from the Caribbean in the Cannes competition in 1993. In 1996 and 1997, he was Minister of Culture in Haiti. In 2002, he was a member of the international jury of the Berlinale, and in 2012, he was a member of the Cannes competition jury. With his feature and documentary films, he was often a guest at the Berlinale, most recently in 2015 with 'Meurtre à Pacot'.

Synopsis - 1844. Karl Marx is 26 years old and living with his wife Jenny in exile in Paris. He is habitually in debt and plagued by existential anxieties. When he first meets the slightly younger factory owner’s son Friedrich Engels he dismisses him as a dandy. But Engels, who has just published a study on the miserable impoverishment of the English proletariat, has long since begun to distance himself from his own class. The two like-minded men become friends and soon inspire each other to write texts in which they seek to provide a theoretical foundation for the revolution they believe must come. Their goal is no longer to merely interpret the world, but to change it. Fundamentally. Resistance on the part of conservative forces and internal power struggles within the political Left only serve to spur them on.

Raoul Peck describes the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto. At the same time, the film paints a portrait of two impetuous young men who passionately believe in the vision of a humane society and the revolutionary power of the abused and oppressed.

August Diehl (Karl Marx)
Stefan Konarske (Friedrich Engels)
Vicky Krieps (Jenny Marx)
Olivier Gourmet (Pierre Proudhon)
Michael Brandner (Joseph Moll)
Alexander Scheer (Wilhelm Weitling)
Hannah Steele (Mary Burns)
Niels Bruno Schmidt (Karl Grün)


Director Raoul Peck
Screenplay Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck
Director of Photography Kolja Brandt
Editor Frédérique Broos
Music Alexei Aigui
Sound Jörg Theil, Benoît Biral
Art Director Benoît Barouh
Costumes Paule Mangenot
Make-up Anne Moralis
Casting Sylvie Brocheré
Producers Nicolas Blanc, Rémi Grellety, Robert Guédiguian, Raoul Peck
Co-producers Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter, Patrick Quintet
Co-production Rohfilm GmbH, Berlin, Artémis Productions, Brüssel

The Young Karl Marx . France / Germany / Belgiun 2017, French, German, English, 112 min. · color, rating R12