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Film News: Last Week for Chicago European Union Film Fest, Finale is ‘The Young Karl Marx’

Chicago – There is one week to go in one of the country’s most comprehensive Eurocentric cinema event, the 21st Chicago European Union (EU) Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It wraps up with Closing Night on Thursday, April 5th, 2018, screening “The Young Karl Marx,” directed by Raoul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro”). The film, which acts as a superhero origin story for a geopolitical philosophy, is the closer for the four week fest, which began on March 9th.

’The Young Karl Marx’ Closes the 2018 Chicago EU Film Festival on April 5th

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The Young Karl Marx” is set in 1843, in a period when Europe was in upheaval, with revolution and politics at the forefront. Karl Marx (August Diehl) is a journalist, whose ideas are stirring the debate in his travels, to keep ahead of his creditors. His wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps) supports his writings,
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‘Young Karl Marx’, ‘November’, ‘The Lodgers,’ & ‘Are We Not Cats’ Among Openers – Specialty B.O. Preview

The Orchard is taking a left turn this weekend with its latest release, The Young Karl Marx by I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck. The Berlin '17 premiere starring August Diehl and Stefan Konarske as Karl Marx and Friederich Engels has had initial success in social media after its trailer brought out commentary from the left, right and in-between. The title is among a number of limited release newcomers this weekend, which also features a slew of thrillers including…
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Review: Birth of an Era—Raoul Peck's "The Young Karl Marx"

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Among the many pleasures nestled in Joseph Losey’s late triumph Roads to the South (Yves Montand saying the name “Walter Benjamin” is the purest delight) is a scene where father and son communists, Montand and Laurent Malet, play Russian roulette. Montand is a screenwriter whom Malet believes has lost his revolutionary nerve and sold out. Their mother, who linked the firebrands, has died, and they seem to have nothing left binding them. How could a young agitator respect this lapsed whore of a Marxist, selling movies and living vicariously through real activists as he grows old and dies in his cozy estate? How can one be a Marxist and still respect the cinema? Pasolini spent his too-short life investigating this question with every movie he made, never arriving at an answer beyond the mere fact of having done so, thus demonstrating its possibility. Have we need of further proof?
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Berlin: Netflix Buys German 'Perfume' Series

Netflix has boarded Perfume, a dark German-language thriller series from producers Constantin Film and network ZDFneo loosely based on the global best-seller of the same name by Patrick Suskind.

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights outside of German-speaking Europe for the crime drama, which features a laundry list of German stars, including Wotan Wilke Mohring (Valkyrie), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Friederike Becht (The Reader), Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon), Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy) and Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds).

Philipp Kadelbach, a director on International Emmy-winning series Generation War and BBC espionage drama SS-gb, helmed the six-part crimes drama, currently in post-production.

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The Young Karl Marx Movie Review

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The Young Karl Marx Movie Review
The Young Karl Marx The Orchard Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Raoul Peck Screenwriter: Pascal Bonitzer, Raoul Peck Cast: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Olivier Gourmet, Michael Brander Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/13/18 Opens: February 23, 2018 What four people influenced our present world more than any others? The classic answer: Freud, Moses, […]

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August Diehl Stars in New Us Trailer for Biopic 'The Young Karl Marx'

"You are the greatest thinker of our times." The Orchard has released an official Us trailer for the indie biopic The Young Karl Marx, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year. This film tells the story of a young Karl Marx, as the title indicates, who became one of the great philosophers and activists in the mid-1800s. German actor August Diehl (seen in Inglourious Basterds) plays Karl Marx, and Vicky Krieps (seen in Phantom Thread) plays his wife, along with a cast including Stefan Konarske, Olivier Gourmet, Hannah Steele, Alexander Scheer, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Michael Brandner, and Ivan Franek. I'm intrigued by this, and it's described as "a spry romp through the seven years leading up to the drafting of the Communist Manifesto." This film looks like it's seriously worth your time. Check it out below. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Raoul Peck's The Young Karl Marx,
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‘The Young Karl Marx’ Trailer: Happiness Requires Rebellion [Exclusive]

Following his outstanding, acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” director Raoul Peck tackled another culture changing, and politically charged figure in “The Young Karl Marx.” However, he takes a feature film approach this time around, but the results are no less compelling.

Starring August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and “Phantom Thread” breakout Vicky Krieps, the film traces the footsteps of Karl Marx through the Socialist movement and founding of the Communist League, as it originated in Paris during the 19th century.

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Unseen Pleasures: My 20 Most Unmissable New Films of 2018

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Below is a strictly personal, unapologetically idiosyncratic list of the twenty films I'm most looking forward to in 2018 and which have so far yet to be seen by any paying audiences. Among those seriously considered but ultimately excluded on the basis that they're more likely to be ready next year are Ad Astra (James Gray), Blessed Virgin (Paul Verhoeven), The Fire Next Time (Mati Diop), Late Spring (Michelangelo Frammartino), the particularly-dynamite-on-paper Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello), Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due (Abdellatif Kechiche) and Motorboats (Yuri Ancarani). I also reluctantly discarded a couple of highly tantalising projects whose status, at the time of writing, was frustratingly unclear, namely Tijuana Bible (Jean-Charles Hue) and the worryingly long-in-gestation You Can't Win (Robinson Devor). Omitted because they're made primarily for TV rather than cinemas: Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (Netflix) and Bruno Dumont's Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Arté). Finally, Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir: Part I
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Voltage launches WW2 drama 'The Bird Catcher' in Cannes

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Exclusive: Shoot underway for Ross Clarke-directed feature.

Voltage Pictures has launched international sales in Cannes on Motion Picture Capital’s Second World War drama The Bird Catcher.

The story centres on a Jewish girl who struggles to survive in Nazi-occupied Norway by masquerading as a male farmhand in Sweden.

Ross Clarke is currently shooting the drama from a screenplay by Trond Morten Kristensen that is due to wrap soon on location near Trondheim in Norway.

Scanbox pre-bought Scandinavian rights at script stage.

Laura Birn [pictured], Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, August Diehl, Arthur Hakalahti, Johannes Kuhnke and Jakob Cedergren star

Sense8 executive producer Leon Clarance serves as producer alongside Lisa G. Black and Clarke.

“We are pleased to continue our excellent working relationship with our friends at Mpc and excited to share this film which is as visually stunning as it is powerful and moving with our international partners,” Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter of Voltage Pictures said. “The reaction
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Terrence Malick Vows to Return to More Structured Filmmaking: ‘I’m Backing Away From That Style Now’

Terrence Malick Vows to Return to More Structured Filmmaking: ‘I’m Backing Away From That Style Now’
Earlier this month, after Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” debuted to very low numbers during its opening weekend, IndieWire asked film critics if audiences had finally lost their patience with the auteur director. It’s an understandable question given how polarizing Malick’s style has become in the years after “The Tree of Life.” His fragmented, wandering vision in “Song to Song” even forced some of his biggest advocates to question the direction of his career.

Read More: Have People Lost Patience With Terrence Malick? — IndieWire Critics Survey

While Malick will never just abandon all of his trademark flourishes, it appears he’s finally going back to more structured storytelling with his next film. Rumor had it that “Radegund,” a WWII drama about conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, would be Malick’s most narrative-minded film in years, and the director outright confirmed it during a chat at Washington D.C.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to “The Spy With No Name,” an ebook written by Jeff Maysh and published by Amazon Kindle Single, Deadline reports. Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert of Emjag Productions will produce alongside “Argo” executive producer David Klawans.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Grasshopper Film Gets ‘Escapes,’ Amazon and IFC Films Date ‘City of Ghosts’ and More

The true story centers on Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent who stole the identity of a Dutch man whose mother had given him up for adoption. The Communist spy pretended to be Johanna van Haarlem’s long lost son for 11 years before being caught.

– FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Almereyda’s “Marjorie Prime,
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The Orchard acquires 'The Young Karl Marx'

Distributor plots theatrical release for autumn. Separately, FilmRise acquires Marjorie Prime, Gravitas Ventures takes California Typewriter, Oscilloscope picks up Polina and Summer 1993, and Paladin and Electric Entertainment acquire The Drowning.

The Orchard has acquired all Us distribution rights to Oscar-nominee Raoul Peck’sThe Young Karl Marx.

Peck’s latest film premiered at the Berlinale in February on the heels of his Oscar nomination for the documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

Directed, produced and co-written by Peck with Pascal Bonitzer, The Young Karl Marx explores the origins of the international socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document,The Communist Manifesto written by Marx and Friedrich Engels.

The film paints a portrait of the two young men who, with the support of Marx’s wife Jenny, passionately believed in the vision of a humane society and the revolutionary power of the abused and oppressed. The film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and [link
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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Raoul Peck’s historical drama “The Young Karl Marx” for a theatrical release in the fall.

Peck was nominated this year for an Academy Award for the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

“The Young Karl Marx” premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Directed, produced, and co-written by Peck (with Pascal Bonitzer), the film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, and Vicky Krieps. The producers are Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, and Peck.

“The Young Karl Marx” explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League, and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Peck said, “A few years back, while the world was going through yet another financial crisis, I felt the need to go back to the basics: The analysis of the violent capitalist society we are still embedded in,
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'I Am Not Your Negro' Director's Karl Marx Film Acquired by The Orchard

The Oscar-nominated Raoul Peck is back.

After scoring a nomination for the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, the director's next venture, The Young Karl Marx, has found a distributor.

The independent film, TV and music company The Orchard has acquired all distribution rights for the film, which stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The film first premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and tracks the origins of the International Socialist Movement and the rise of the Communist League, as well as The Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 

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Raoul Peck’s ‘The Young Karl Marx’ Acquired By The Orchard For Fall Bow

The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Young Karl Marx, the latest film from Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck. A fall theatrical release is planned for the pic, which bowed this year at Berlin. August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps star. Peck directed, produced and co-wrote the film, which explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document the…
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Win Allied on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Allied on 3rd April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Oscar® winners Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II. But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable. The film features an outstanding supporting cast including Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Jared Harris (“The Crown”), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”).

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Giveaway: Win Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Allied’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Studio tentpoles in today’s age rarely come more slickly entertaining than Robert Zemeckis‘ WWII romantic thriller Allied, which we named one of the best films of last year. Set to arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this week, we’ve teamed with Paramount to give away two copies to our readers (and if you don’t have a 4K player, it also includes a Blu-ray + Digital HD copy). All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, March 5th.

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Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation

Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation
In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama, Berlinale Special and dffb: A conversation between Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson.Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson

Acclaimed Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has created a body of work in documentary and fiction distinguished by its critical engagement and intellectual courage. Taking on such specters of postcolonial injustice as underdevelopment, racism and communal violence, Peck’s films illuminate the personal stories and contradictory experiences of those individuals often treated by history and cinema as faceless, invisible, silent. This year’s Berlinale features two new Peck films: the fictional “The Young Karl Marx” in Berlinale Special and the Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin in Panorama. In the 50th year of the dffb, Peck, a graduate of the Berlin film school, reflects on his cinematic journey with Ben Gibson dffb’s first non-German director of the school.
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Berlinale 2017: The Young Karl Marx Review

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While he has a film nominated for the Academy Award this year, with documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck has been celebrated for showing innovation and ingenuity, and yet the talented filmmaker returns with a dramatic offering The Young Karl Marx, which falters in the aforementioned area, ticking all the boxes of the period piece biopic, abiding frustratingly by formula. Naturally tedium kicks in, but at least the director can be commended for taking this complex series of events and making them easily digestible, and accessible to a broad audience.

Set in 1844, we’re introduced to Marx (August Diehl) at the age of 26, living in exile with his wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps); a man who wants to change the world but is lacking the platform to do so – until he meets Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), the son of a factory owner, dismayed by the treatment of the staff,
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