Dead Slow Ahead

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Spain | 2015 | 76 minutes | Mauro Herce

Climb aboard the freighter ship Fair Lady on its two-month trip across the Atlantic, captured in a style that blurs the lines between cinéma vérité and dystopian science fiction, for a meditative, fascinating, and lusciously cinematic voyage.

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What is it like to travel across the Atlantic aboard a freighter? For over two and a half months, that is exactly what filmmaker Mauro Herce does, spending hours each day filming the crew aboard the Fair Lady. Dead Slow Ahead takes the viewer beyond the conventional documentary narrative into an observational and non-intrusive perspective on life aboard a large ship, focusing on the crew's feelings of isolation and narrated by the soundtrack of heavy machinery and open waters. As the ship makes its journey, we follow two unnamed crew members working day and night to get to their next port of call in a seemingly never-ending voyage that could allow for deep periods of self-reflection or utter madness. Moments of telephone conversations with their families transport audiences back to the familiar territory of life on land and the crew members back to humanity, far from the lonesome and frigid Atlantic. Life on the Fair Lady is anything but fast-paced or unfamiliar; it is a place that challenges human notions of time and reality in a vessel in constant motion, shaped by the environment that surrounds it.

Director Biography
Born in Barcelona in 1976. Mauro Herce has worked as a director of photography and an occasional screenwriter for more than 20 feature films, both fiction and documentary. Dead Slow Ahead is his first feature film as a director.

Sponsored by One Pro AVL, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Accion Cultural Española

  • Director: Mauro Herce
  • Country: Spain, France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 76 minutes
  • Producer: Jose Alayon, Buven Durall, Mauro Herce
  • Screenplay: Mauro Herce
  • Cinematographers: Mauro Herce
  • Editors: Manuel Muñoz
  • Music: Jose Manuel Berenguer
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2016 (Cinema of the Present Special Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Tagalog
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Bocalupo Films