The Assembly Line (Mathias Gokalp, 2023) | 2024 French Film Festival

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

Screening as part of the 2024 French Film Festival

Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2024

The Assembly Line (L’établi)
(Mathias Gokalp, 2023, 117 min, France, French w/English subtitles, DCP)

-- Introduced by Prof. Donald Reid (UNC History Department); Q&A to follow with Prof. Reid and Prof. Michael Hardt (Duke Literature Program)

In May 1968, the largest general strikes ever seen halted the labor of two-thirds of France’s workforce. Set on the heels of that upheaval, Robert (Swann Arlaud), an academic and far-left activist, takes a job as a car factory line worker, aiming to infiltrate the factory and rekindle the revolutionary fire—but the majority of workers are tired of political struggles. When the company demands extra work by all employees without compensation, Robert sees the opportunity to ignite a social movement.

“Gokalp finally has the judicious intuition not only to illuminate the reality of a distant and bygone era, but also that of our time.” Les Inrockuptibles

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Still from The Assembly Line

Contact: Hank Okazaki


Sponsor: Center for French and Francophone Studies

Co-Sponsors: Duke Cinematic Arts