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The Assembly Line

Original name:L'Etabli
English name: The Assembly Line
Year: 2023
Run time: 117 Min
Language: French
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France, Belgium
Director: Mathias Gokalp
Producers: Antoine Gandaubert, Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein
Cast: Swann Arlaud, Mélanie Thierry, Olivier Gourmet, Denis Podalydès
Screenplay: Mathias Gokalp, Nadine Lamari, Marcia Romano
Cinematographer: Christophe Orcand
Editor: Ariane Mellet
Sound Designer: Laurent Benaïm
Music Composer: Flemming Nordkrog
Production Company: Karé Productions
World Sales: Indie Sales


  • Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce 2023
  • Vive le Cinéma 2023
  • French FF USA - 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2016 Victor Ou La Piété (Short)
  • 2010 Je Suis Japonnais (Short Doc)
  • 2009 Nothing Personal
  • 2004 Le Droit Chemin (Short)

Director's Biography:

Mathias Gokalp

Mathias Gokalp studied French and literature in Paris and direction in Belgium (INSAS). He worked as a trainer in an educational working group about cinema and directed TV broadcasting. He directed documentaries and several short films, among which Mi-temps, nominated at the European Film Awards in 2002, and Le Droit Chemin, winner of the SACD prize at la Director’s Fortnight in 2004. Nothing Personal is his first feature film.


France, a few months after May 68. Robert, an academic and far-left activist, decides to get a job at a car factory as a line worker. Like other comrades, he wants to infiltrate the factory to rekindle the revolutionary fire, but the majority of workers do not want to hear any more about politics. When the company demands that all work three extra hours a week with no compensation, Robert and a few others see the possibility of a social movement.