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The Orchard Lands Academy Award®-Nominee Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx”

Mar 28, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – March 28, 2017 – The Orchard has acquired all US distribution rights to Academy Award-nominee Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx. On the heels of his Oscar nomination for the acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Peck’s latest film premiered at the 2017 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 Orchard plans a theatrical release for the film this fall.

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. The film paints a portrait of those two impetuous young men who, with the support of Marx’s wife Jenny, passionately believe in the vision of a humane society and the revolutionary power of the abused and oppressed.

“There’s no question that Raoul Peck is a filmmaker of astounding vision and talent and The Young Karl Marx is no exception,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP Film and Television. “We’re personally thrilled to be working with Raoul and his producing team to bring his newest film to audiences later this year.”

Said Peck: “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, through these three young Europeans of wealthy families (Karl, Friedrich and Jenny) who decided to change this utterly unequal world. And they eventually did; though not the way they imagined it. I am thrilled to be working with The Orchard to bring the film to the American audience later this year.”

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions for The Orchard, with ICM Partners and Films Distribution on behalf of the filmmakers.


The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda and will soon release Oren Moverman’s anticipated film The Dinner. For more information on The Orchard, please visit


Films Distribution is an international sales agency based in Paris operating since 1997. Each year, the company launches 25 to 30 new titles in the most prestigious festival selections around the world. The current line-up includes Academy Award winner Son Of Saul, Austrian runaway hit and genre movie Goodnight Mommy, Nanni Moretti’s celebrated Mia Madre, and this year’s foreign language box office success The Innocents as well as this year’s Cannes awarded film, and Filipino Oscar entry, Ma’ Rosa.

In addition to its Paris office, in 2008, Films Distribution has set up FILMS BOUTIQUE a Berlin based subsidiary, focused on world movies and discoveries and, in 2014, BE FOR FILMS, a sales agency based in Brussels and handling European cross-over movies. In 2016 it started operations in London through a new start up label, FILM CONSTELLATION, dedicated mostly to English speaking features.