Previously at the ICA - Films
25 Jan 2018
This screening is followed by a Q&A with director 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.
The Nothing Factory unexpectedly morphs from a vérite-like drama into a neorealist musical to pay homage to those occupations and self-management projects that were prevalent during the revolutionary period of 1970s Portugal and still strongly resonate within today current European social and political climate.
The Nothing Factory, dir. Pedro Pinho, Portugal 2017, 177 mins