The Nothing Factory
A Fabr ca D Nada

Portugal | 2017 | 176’ | DCP | Color | Portuguese | Group: C

Director: Pedro Pinho

Dec 10 (Wed) 15:00 Cinematheque‧Passion

Don’t be deterred by the three-hour running time of Pedro Pinho’s first narrative feature. This is a consistently compelling, completely surprising film which starts out as a hardcore neorealist piece about organization in an elevator factory when the management tries to close it down. But before long it is taking unexpected turns: a leftwing film-maker arrives on the scene to document the workers’ revolt, a group of socialist thinkers discuss conflicting theories of economic survival around a dinner table, the factory workers even break into a choreographed musical number. So yes, the film is in essence a sombre tale of Portugal’s economic problems, but Pinho invests it with such exhilarating energy and myriad ideas that it justifies the 177 minutes spent in its spell.


Pedro Pinho

Pedro Pinho studied cinema in Lisbon and Paris, making his feature debut as co-director with Frederico Lobo on documentary Bab Sebta (2008) and his narrative debut with medium-length film The End Of The World (2013) which was selected for the Generation section at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2014, he co-directed the documentary As Cidades E As Trocas with Luisa Homem. He is also  founder of Lisbon-based production company Terratreme.

Director Pedro Pinho

Producer João Matos, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha


Scriptwriter Pedro Pinho, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha

Cinematographer Vasco Viana

Editor Claudia Oliveira, Edgar Feldman, Luisa Homem

Production Design


Music José Smith Vargas, Pedro Rodrigues

Sound Design Joao Gazua

Production Terratreme Films


World Sales Memento Films International