The Young Karl Marx

Dir. Raoul Peck | 118 min
Narrative France 2017 EnglishGermanFrench with English subtitles

Tuesday, January 307:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC On Rush*

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*Rush indicates that we’re sold out of advanced tickets for this screening. A rush line will form 1 hour prior to show time. About 5 minutes before the scheduled start time, ticket-buyers from the Rush Line will be admitted based on availability inside the theater.

Fresh off the success of his James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, Haitian-born director Raoul Peck tackles the early days of the friendship between Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) as they struggle to establish the Communist Party and complete the Communist Manifesto.

In his mid-20s, Marx was already a veteran of the class wars when he met 22-year-old Engels, son of a rich textile manufacturer. From the smoky cafes of Paris, where nightly strategy sessions form the basis of what was to become the manifesto, to the socialist enclaves of London, where Marx, with Engels in tow, chose to live after the French authorities expelled him, Peck and his legendary screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer (Chantal Ackerman’s Golden Eighties, André Téchiné’s Scene of the Crime, Jacques Rivette’s La Belle noiseuse ) revel in the world of ideas and hopes for the future embodied in these two world-historical figures.

-Note adapted from the Vancouver International Film Festival

Co-presented by DC Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America

Press

  • This is a film which sticks to a credo that people arguing about theories and concepts–while also periodically angrily rejecting the notion of mere abstraction–is highly interesting. And Peck and Bonitzer pull off the considerable trick of making it interesting.The Guardian

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This screening is On Rush. On Rush indicates that we’re sold out of advanced tickets for this screening. A rush line will form 1 hour prior to show time. About 5 minutes before the scheduled start time, ticket-buyers from the Rush Line will be admitted based on availability inside the theater.

This event finished on January 31, 2018.