The Nothing Factory

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    The Nothing Factory

    A fábrica de nada

    Directed by



    177 min

    • Portuguese


    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.


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    • CineVision Award - Filmfest München
    • Peace Award - Festival du nouveau cinéma
    • Audience Award - Valdivia IFF
    • Golden Giraldillo - Seville EFF
    • Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Prize - Torino FF


    Labels & Line Ups


    José Smith Vargas
    Carla Galvão
    Njamy Sebastião
    Joaquim Bichana Martins
    Daniele Incalcaterra
    Pedro Pinho
    Leonor Noivo
    Tiago Hespanha
    Luisa Homem
    Vasco Viana
    Claudia Rita Oliveira


    An energetic ensemble piece... The film gets more unpredictable as it goes along.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    A curious mix of frugality and exuberance, The Nothing Factory plucks liberally from the full range of devices supported by fiction (aesthetic, visual, auditory and sometimes musical — Pinho offers us a number of memorable scenes straight out of musical comedy), and yet the impression left by this hyperreal, immersive experience is of film that is almost a documentary at heart.

    Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

    Pedro Pinho

    Pedro Pinho


    Pedro Pinho graduated in Film Studies in the School of Theatre and Cinema in Amadora, Lisbon and ENS -­‐ Louis Lumière in Paris. In 2005 and 2006 he attended the courses of Directing and Screenwriting of the London Film School at the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. In 2008 he co-­‐directed with Frederico Lobo the Documentary BAB SEBTA (2008) which won the prize Marseille Esperance in FID Marseille, and the competitions in DOCLISBOA and FORUM DOC and BH. In 2009 he founded with other fellow directors and producers the production company TERRATREME FILMES. Since then he directed his first feature film A END OF THE WORLD (2013) (world premiere at the 64º Berlinale) and co-­‐directed with Luísa Homem the documentary AS CIDADES E AS TROACAS (2014) (world premiere at the 25º FID MARSEILLE) .

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