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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

The Nothing Factory

A fábrica de nada

2017, Pedro Pinho, Portugal, 177 min. With José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 18th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 20th 6:30pm

"Something genuinely new in cinema…we are in the company of a director in full command of his craft." - Benedicte Prot

"Filled with rewarding eccentricities…contains manifold surprises and pleasures." - Dennis Lim, Film Comment

A famous strike in a Lisbon factory became the inspiration for this hybrid of a strike drama that veers freely and unexpectedly from its prevailing cinéma-vérité style to include unorthodox musical numbers. The morning shift shows up at an elevator factory only to find their production equipment being loaded onto trucks. Management claims there's nothing to worry about, but the workers are soon faced with the impossible choice between accepting a severance package or digging in their heels. Incorporating non-professional actors in a large ensemble cast, director Pinho approaches the drama from every angle, from the collective to the personal, and from the hardcore realism of workers' meetings to the whimsy of impromptu dances on the factory floor. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Memento Films International. DCP digital. (BS)

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