THE NOTHING FACTORY
World Cinema

The Nothing Factory

(A Fábrica De Nada)

Year 2017
Runtime 176 mins
Language Portuguese / French
Subtitles English

THE NOTHING FACTORY is a genre-bending film that uses an individual factory to highlight the financial crisis across Europe.

One night, a group of workers at a Portuguese elevator factory discovers that their equipment is being taken away. Angered and confused, a few of them decide to spend the night at the factory so that nothing else is removed. In the morning, the company owner introduces a new Human Resources manager and an engineer, who start having individual negotiations with each employee. The employees, angered further and believing the factory will soon be closed, decide to occupy the workplace and talk of running the factory themselves.

As the workers struggle with their individual concerns, director Pedro Pinho expands the scope of the film by introducing a documentary director (played by Danièle Incalcaterra) into the plot. This documentary director, travelling across Europe researching the end of capitalism and the shifting nature of jobs, comes across the factory and is interested in the workers’ cause. His interjection takes the film on a wildly unpredictable ride, ranging from an absurd comedy to docudrama to a musical. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight), THE NOTHING FACTORY is a genre-bending film that uses an individual factory to highlight the financial crisis across Europe.

Countries

Portugal
Awards
Cannes Directors' Fortnight, FIPRESCI Prize,; Munich International Film Festival, Best Film By An Emerging Director
Festivals
Cannes (Directors' Fortnight), Toronto International Film Festival, Munich International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival, Sevilla European Film Festival
Director
Pedro Pinho
Producer
João Matos, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha
Screenwriter
Pedro Pinho, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha
Cinematographer
Vasco Viana
Editor
Cláudia Oliveira, Edgar Feldman, Luísa Homem
Music
José Smith Vargas, Pedro Rodrigues
Cast
José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins, Daniele Incalcaterra, Hermínio Amaro