A contemporary political film whose originality was noted by the FIPRESCI jury at the last Cannes Festival. An evocative activist film that blows away the boundaries between reality, fiction, theater, and a sociological discourse leading to an unsettling and provocative cinematic experience, wrote the jury. The eponymous factory is located in Lisbon, where it used to make elevators, at least until the owners started quietly exporting their equipment to move production somewhere cheaper. A group of workers not only go on strike, but they want to create a co-operative on the ruins of the plant to take over production itself. We see them during bursts of outrage, enflamed in debate, espousing joyful fantasies, and in moments of doubt. Pedro Pinho's debut is a drama, a musical, and a comedy all in one; an elegy to the death of the working man, a film that boldly faces the toughest challenges of our time, at the same time looking to the past of socially engaged cinema and questioning the possibilities of artistic protest. These are the kinds of films we need when our foundations are crumbling.
Cannes IFF 2017 – FIPRESCI Prize
Born in 1977, Pedro Pinho is a Portuguese director, screenwriter, producer, and one of the co-founders of the TERRATREME film collective. It is not by accident that the name evokes the title of Lucchino Visconti's film La Terra Trema (The Earth Trembles), in which a group of fishermen collectively buy a boat to gain their independence from a powerful businessman. Those involved in the Portuguese collective use a similar principle in their search for financing and production methods to serve artistic diversity, encouraging directors to carry out research and to take a creative, original approach to their work. The members of TERRATREME think that it is the film and its needs that determine the production style, and not the other way round.
2008 Bab Sebta (doc.)
2013 Um Fim do Mundo / The End of the World
2014 As Cidades e as Trocas (doc.)
2017 Fabryka niczego / A Fábrica de Nada / The Nothing Factory