Thiruvananthapuram: The Young Karl Marx, the film that had earned many a laurel at numerous international festivals including the famed Berlin Festival, is set to captivate the audience at the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2017). The film, directed by Raoul Peck, will be screened as part of the World Cinema category.
The film narrates the tale of the journey that young Karl Marx undertakes his encounter with Friedrich Engels, and the birth of the renowned Communist Manifesto.
Italian director Raoul Peck brings on to the screen the barbaric treatment meted out to the working class of Europe during the nineteenth century by the capitalist bosses. Peck also narrates the conditions of poverty and exploitation faced by the labour class, as he elaborates the story of the life of Marx between the 1842 -1847period. ‘The Young Karl Marx’ subtly outlines the family life of 26-year-old Marx and his wife Jenny, and his personal bonding with Engels.
The film, which was released last March, recounts the circumstances behind the birth of Communism as well as the labour class theory, sans any exaggeration whatsoever. Veteran actors August Diehl and Vicky Krieps appear in lead roles in the film. Pascal Bonitzer, who penned the screenplay, had gained wide acclaim and applause from the audience at the recent IFFI, Goa.