Closing Night Gala: The Young Karl Marx

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France | 2017 | 118 minutes | Raoul Peck

Director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) presents a lush period drama that joins 26-year- old Karl Marx (August Diehl) and his wife Jenny in exile in Europe, where they meet Friedrich Engels, who provides the final piece needed for the foundation of Marxist theory.


Give the month-long Festival a proper send-off by attending the Closing Night Gala at the Cinerama. Following the film, enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and cocktails at MOHAI.

Film + Party: $75 | $65 Members
Includes admission to film, entry to the post-film party at MOHAI, and two drink tickets.

Party Only: $25 | $20 Members
Includes entry to the Closing Night party at MOHAI and two drink tickets.

FILM: Cinerama

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In Raoul Peck's latest film, the 99% are coming to a new understanding of how the system is rigged against them, and a new recognition of how they can work together to resist. They're struggling to articulate a coherent philosophy, and searching for a leader, a movement that will chart a path forward. A film for our time? Yes, but set in the mid-19th century, in the heady early days of the birth of Communism. The 26-year-old Karl Marx (August Diehl) is living in Paris with his young wife Jenny, who has traded material luxury with her aristocratic family for intellectual squalor with her atheist, socialist husband. Enter Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), whose bourgeois father owns mills and factories, exploiting the very workers Marx wants to help. The three embark on a whirlwind tour of European capitals, drinking, smoking, and arguing late into the night, working out the ideas and ideals that would find expression in Marx's ringing call to arms, The Communist Manifesto. The enduring relevance of these ideas is made clear in the film's closing credits, which play over a montage of revolutionary figures and movements-Che, Nelson Mandela, the Vietnam protests, the Occupy movement-from the following 170 years. Audiences of the world unite!

Director Biography

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has been directing and writing since the late 1980s. He gained prominence in 2016 with his documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

Sponsored by The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC in Renton, Cinerama, KCTS Television, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Museum of History and Industry

  • Original Language Title: Le jeune Karl Marx
  • Director: Raoul Peck
  • Principal Cast: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Hannah Steele, Olivier Gourmet
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: France, Germany, Belgium
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 118 minutes
  • Producer: Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, Raoul Peck
  • Screenplay: Pascal Bonitzer, Pierre Hodgson, Raoul Peck
  • Cinematographers: Kolja Brandt
  • Editors: Frédérique Broos
  • Music: Heksey Aygi
  • Filmography: I Am Not Your Negro (2016); Murder in Pacot (2014); Assistance mortelle (2013); Lumumba (2000); The Man on the Shore (1993)
  • Language: German, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Orchard
  • International Sales: Films Distribution