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The Nothing Factory (film)

Pedro Pinho

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The Nothing Factory (2017), directed by Pedro Pinho

One night, a group of workers realizes that their administration has organized the stealing of machines from their factory. They soon understand that this is the first signal of a massive layoff. Most of them refuse to cooperate during the individual negotiations and they start to occupy their workplace. So when the administration vanishes to their great surprise, they’re left with a half-empty factory…

As the world around them collapses, new desires start to emerge.

In Portugal and Europe, the last few years have caused a brutal redefinition of the way in which we look at the world. A lack of prospects and valid discourses about the present has often made us feel ineffectual.

‘The Nothing Factory’ stems from there.

The closing of an elevator factory (one of many that close every month in the industrial outskirts of Lisbon) works as a microcosm and a parable for dramatically exploring the textures and consequences of the feeling of impotence that most people felt during that time.

Under the shadow of bankruptcy, the characters try to stay afloat and look for ways to reshape their lives. Driven by a sense of urgency and some kind of life instinct that remains, as they witness the collapse of their jobs and the institutions they believed in, they are forced to embark, with reluctance and fear, in an unforeseen experience, a collective adventure.

4 December 2018



Pedro Pinho studied Cinema in Lisbon and Paris.

In 2008 he co-directed with Frederico Lobo the documentary feature ‘Bab Sebta’ (Prize Marseille Esperance award at FIDMarseille’08, Best Film at Doclisboa and (Brazil)). In 2009, with five other filmmakers, he founded the company Terratreme, which in recent years has been playing a central role in producing and promoting new Portuguese directors.

‘The End of the World’ (2013) is his first medium-length fiction film ad it was screened at the 63º Berlinale, IndieLisboa, and Festival do Rio (It was nominated for the Portuguese Golden Globe Awards for Best Film and Best Photography at Caminhos Cinema Português‘14).

In 2014 he co-directed with Luisa Homem the documentary As Cidades e as Trocas, shown at FIDMarseille, Doclisboa and the Art of the Real (NY).

Currently he works as a director, writer and producer.

‘The Nothing Factory’ is his first fiction feature.


Terratreme is a film production unit composed of six directors and producers searching for new production models that allow them greater freedom and autonomy in their creative processes.

In its 10 years’ experience, has consolidated its expertise in film production and distribution. Currently working with a large and diverse group of filmmakers, Terratreme has one of the strongest presences, among Portuguese production companies, in major film festivals around the world (Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Nyon, Marseille, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Chicago, New York, Toronto), all while expanding its activities through international co-productions (Brazil, France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Argentina, Chile).

Based on an original idea by:
Jorge Silva Melo

Pedro Pinho, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha

Pedro Pinho

Vasco Viana

Cláudia Oliveira, Edgar Feldman, Luísa Homem

Original Soundtrack:
José Smith Vargas, Pedro Rodrigues

Sound Director:
João Gazua

Sound Editor and Mixer:
Tiago Raposinho, Carlos Abreu

Color Correction:
Andreia Bertini

José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins, Daniele Incalcaterra, Rui Ruivo, Hermínio Amaro, António Santos

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

Terratreme Filmes

International Sales:
Memento Films International

Distribution – Portugal:
Terratreme Filmes, Portugal Film

Distribution – France:
Météore Films