One night a group of factory workers realize that their employer is stealing its own machines and raw materials. They organize to guard the equipment and keep production from being moved elsewhere. As a form of retaliation the workers are forced to stand at their workstations doing nothing, while the negotiations for a general layoff go on.
This immense pressure leads to several outbursts, as the world around them collapses.
THE NOTHING FACTORY invites us to reflect on the role of work in a time when the economic crisis has become the dominant form of government. It is a hymn to disempowering impotence and a pitiable musical.
Director Pedro Pinho Screenplay Pedro Pinho, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha Cinematography Vasco Viana Editing 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 with José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião, Joaquim Bichana Martins, Daniele Incalcaterra Producers João Matos, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha Production Terratreme Filmes Internacional Sales Memento Films International Distribution – Portugal Terratreme Filmes and Portugal Film Distribution – France Météore Films