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by Pedro Pinho


One night, a group of workers realizes that the administration is stealing machines and raw materials from their own factory. As they organize to survey the equipments and block the relocation of the production, they are forced to stand in their posts with no work to be done, as a form of retaliation, while the negotiations for a general lay off go on. The pressure leads to a general breakdown of the workers along the collapse of the world around them. The Nothing Factory is at the same time an invitation to rethink the role of human work in a time where crisis became the dominant form of government, an hymn to collective impotence and a pitiable musical.

international title: The Nothing Factory
original title: A fábrica de nada
country: Portugal
sales agent: Memento Films International
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Pedro Pinho
film run: 176'
release date: FR 13/12/2017
screenplay: Pedro Pinho, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha, Luisa Homem
cast: José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins, Daniele Incalcaterra
cinematography by: Vasco Viana
film editing: Claudia Rita Oliveira, Luisa Homem, José Edgar Feldman
art director: Luisa Homem
producer: João Matos, Tiago Hespanha, Luisa Homem, Susana Nobre, Leonor Noivo, Pedro Pinho
production: Terratreme Filmes
distributor: Météore Films


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Cannes 2017Directors' Fortnight
Toronto 2017Wavelengths
Rotterdam 2018Bright Future

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