Company to handle international sales on Raoul Peck’s long gestating The Young Karl Marx; key roles cast.

Films Distribution is to handle international sales on Haitian-born Raoul Peck long gestating project, The Young Karl Marx, about the budding friendship between the young Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

The title characters will be played by two former Shooting Stars at the Berlinale: August Diehl, who was selected as Germany’s Shooting Star in 2000, will portray Marx.

Engels has been cast with Alexander Fehling, one of the Shooting Stars line-up in 2011, who is best known to international audiences as staff sergeant Wilhelm in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and was the young Goethe in Goethe!.

The Young Karl Marx is being structured as a French-German-Belgian co-production between agat films & Cie and Peck’s own company Velvet Film, with Berlin/Leipzig-based Rohfilm and Belgian producer Patrick Quinet’s Artemis Film. Principal photography is set to roll this summer.

Peck’s latest film, Murder In Pacot, produced by Velvet Film, is being screened at this year’s Berlinale in Panorama Special and is sold internationally by Doc&Film International.