The Nothing Factory

Pedro Pinho

IFFR 2018

Bright Future

  • 177'
  • Portugal
  • 2017

A human resources rep calls Zé and his coworkers in one by one: their beloved factory, situated on the outskirts of Lisbon, is going to close. The loyal workers are in danger of being played out against each other cleverly from above, with generous buyouts. The determined stayers, however, decide to occupy their workplace; their resistance against big industry has started.
Filmmaker Pedro Pinho took inspiration for his activist feature debut from Judith Herzberg's play The Nothing Factory, about a factory where nothing happens. In three cleverly acted chapters, he shows the tragicomic consequences of closure. In the naturalistic first part, the initial feelings of impotence quickly give way to bravura: is self-management an option? In the intellectual second part, this discussion is widened with poetic essays and socialist reflections about the demise of the worker in the West. After that, the finale turns into an unadulterated, occasionally absurdist musical with an exuberant dance act on the assembly line.

Filmmaker
Pedro Pinho
Productieland
Portugal
Productiejaar
2017
Festival editie
IFFR 2018
Lengte
177'
Medium/Formaat
DCP
Originele titel
A fábrica de nada
Talen
Portuguese, French
Producenten
Pedro Pinho / Terratreme Filmes, Tiago Hespanha / Terratreme Filmes, João Matos / Terratreme Filmes
Productiebedrijf
Terratreme Filmes
Sales
Memento Films International
Scenario
Pedro Pinho / Terratreme Filmes, Luísa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha / Terratreme Filmes
Camera
Vasco Viana
Editor
Cláudia Rita Oliveira , Edgar Feldman, Luísa Homem
Sound Design
João Gazua
Muziek
José Smith Vargas, Pedro Rodrigues
Cast
José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins, Daniele Incalcaterra, Rui Ruivo, Hermínio Amaro