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.

Director
Pedro Pinho
Country of production
Portugal
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
177'
Medium
DCP
Original title
A fábrica de nada
Languages
Portuguese, French
Producers
Pedro Pinho / Terratreme Filmes, Tiago Hespanha / Terratreme Filmes, João Matos / Terratreme Filmes
Production Company
Terratreme Filmes
Sales
Memento Films International
Screenplay
Pedro Pinho / Terratreme Filmes, Luísa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha / Terratreme Filmes
Cinematography
Vasco Viana
Editor
Cláudia Rita Oliveira , Edgar Feldman, Luísa Homem
Sound Design
João Gazua
Music
José Smith Vargas, Pedro Rodrigues
Cast
José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins, Daniele Incalcaterra, Rui Ruivo, Hermínio Amaro