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Raoul Peck shooting Le jeune Karl Marx

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- August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps and Olivier Gourmet delve to the heart of the 19th century in this production staged by Agat Films and Velvet Film

Raoul Peck shooting Le jeune Karl Marx
Director Raoul Peck

Tomorrow is the last day of the Belgian segment of the shoot for the fifth feature-length fiction film by Raoul Peck: Le jeune Karl Marx [+see also:
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]
. A regular at the big festivals, the filmmaker has already been selected in competition at Cannes (The Man on the Shore in 1993), Berlin (Sometimes in April in 2005) and Locarno (Haitian Corner in 1988). He was also behind such films as Murder in Pacot [+see also:
trailer
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]
(unveiled at Toronto in 2014 and screened this year in the Berlinale Panorama), the TV film Moloch Tropical [+see also:
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]
(Berlinale Special in 2010), Lumumba (Directors’ Fortnight in 2000) and the documentary Fatal Assistance [+see also:
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]
(Berlinale Special in 2013). The cast of his new opus includes German actors August Diehl (popular in The Counterfeiters [+see also:
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]
and Layla Fourie [+see also:
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]
, and set to be seen on screens next year in Diamant noir) and Stefan Konarske (who turned heads in Same Same But Different [+see also:
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]
and again, recently, in the French fiction TV series Démons), Luxembourger Vicky Krieps (Hanna [+see also:
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]
, A Most Wanted Man [+see also:
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]
), Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet (winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2002 for The Son [+see also:
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]
, nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Schoeller
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]
), Hannah Steele and Alexander Scheer.

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Written by the director together with Pascal Bonitzer, the story is set in Europe and takes place between 1844 and 1848. In Germany, a restless intellectual opposition is subjected to a brutal crackdown. In France, the workers in the Saint-Antoine district have risen up. In England, too, the masses have taken to the streets for the Industrial Revolution. Twenty-six-year-old Karl Marx (Diehl) drags his wife Jenny (Krieps) along the paths of exile. He reaches Paris, where he meets Friedrich Engels (Konarske), the son of a great industrialist, who has studied the working conditions of the English working class. These two brilliant, cheeky jokers of men will successfully create a united revolutionary movement and forge the theoretical tools suitable for emancipating the oppressed masses beyond the borders of Europe, all around the world.

Produced by Nicolas Blanc and Robert Guédiguian for Agat Films, and by Peck and Rémi Grellety for Velvet Film, Le jeune Karl Marx is being co-produced by German outfit Rohfilm (Benny Drechsel),
 Belgium’s Artémis Productions (Patrick Quinet), France 3 Cinéma and Jouror. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and the SWR, the feature is also benefiting from backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts and from the Indéfilms, A Plus Images and Sofitvciné Soficas. Having kicked off on 7 September in Belgium, the nine-week shoot will continue on to Germany until 7 November, with Kolja Brandt serving as DoP
, Benoit Barouh
 in charge of production design and Paule Mangenot
 handling the wardrobe. Distribution in France will be managed by Diaphana, and Films Distribution will take care of international sales
.

(Translated from French)

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