Filming on Mathias Gokalp’s L’Établi will soon draw to a close
- Swann Arlaud, Mélanie Thierry, Olivier Gourmet and Denis Podalydès shine in the cast of the director’s second feature, produced by Karé Productions and sold by Indie Sales
Revealed in the Critics’ Week of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival with The Ordinary People [+see also:
interview: Mathias Gokalp, director of…
film profile], Mathias Gokalp will complete filming on his second feature, L’Établi, on Friday 16 April. The shoot began on 8 March. Shining in the cast are Swann Arlaud (winner of the 2018 César award for Best Actor for Bloody Milk [+see also:
interview: Hubert Charuel
film profile], soon in cinemas with Joan), Mélanie Thierry (nominated for the 2019 Best Actress César award for her performance in Memoir of War [+see also:
interview: Emmanuel Finkiel
film profile], well-received this year in the series En Thérapie and next year in cinemas in Tralala and La vraie famille), Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet (soon in cinemas in Simone, a Woman of the Century and Entre la vie et la mort) and Denis Podalydès (who recently filmed for Tromperie and Les amours d’Anaïs).
Written by Mathias Gokalp, Nadine Lamari (who was already the writing partner of the director on his feature debut) and Marcia Romano (nominated for the 2016 César award for Best Original Screenplay for Standing Tall [+see also:
interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
film profile]) and adapted from the eponymous autobiographical novel from Robert Linhart (1978 – Éditions de Minuit), the script centres on a brilliant academic who is hired as a simple worker in a car factory in order to prepare for the revolution. When the higher ups force the workers to work unpaid extra hours, he finally sees a way to get involved in the fight. It’s the summer of 1968…
Produced by Antoine Rein, Fabrice Goldstein and Antoine Gandaubert for Karé Productions (which were already behind Rien de personnel), L’Établi is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and Belgian company Scope Pictures in co-production. Pre-bought by France 2, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film is also supported by the Nouvelle Aquitaine region and the Lot-et-Garonne department. It is worth noting that the score will be written by Danish composer Flemming Nordkrog. French distribution will be handled by Le Pacte and international sales by Indie Sales.
Karé Productions also produced the comedy Le sens de la famille by Jean-Patrick Benes, which will be released in French cinemas on 30 June, and is behind The Young Lovers by Carine Tardieu, currently in post-production (read the article - produced with Agat Films & Ex Nihilo).
(Translated from French)
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