Dead Slow Ahead

Dead Slow Ahead

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Photography: Mauro Herce
Editing: Manuel Munoz
Sound: Daniel Fernandez, Alejandro Castillo, Carlos García
Music: Jose Manuel Berenguer
Producer, Co-producer: Sijercic Jasmina, Jose Alayon, Ventura Durall
Color: Colour
Language: Tagalog
A freighter sails through a barren seascape. Apparently drifting aimlessly. Apparently? A highly enigmatic allegory of the isolation of man and machine in a post-industrial capitalist society, which is as close to techno-pessimistic sci-fi as it is to romantic painting. This story, consisting almost exclusively of the landscape, the movements of workers and machinery, and the ship itself, uses a highly aesthetic style to put across the impression of absolute desolation and disconcertion. The sedative rhythm pulls the viewer into a completely new, unknown world. Bit by bit we come to a realisation and start to ask: is this the last ship of humanity, burdened with the difficult task of keeping in motion that which has long stopped making sense?

“Is anybody listening? An entire river is entering through the keel. There’s a lot. The water is reaching the storage tanks. Roger! Roger! Attention! The wheat is getting wet. The wheat. Sir, this is a disaster!”

Mauro Herce graduated in mechanical engineering and creative arts in his native Spain but went on to study film in Cuba and in Paris. He has received recognition as a scriptwriter and as the cinematographer of, for example, the award-winning films The Path (2007) and Ocaso (2010). Dead Slow Ahead , his feature-length directorial debut, was introduced at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, where Herce received the Special Cine+ Jury Prize in the Filmmakers of the Present section.

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Nanouk Films / Ventura Durall / c/Pau Claris 97 1o 1a / Barcelona / Spain / 08009 / +3493 419 6022 / /
Festival edition: 2015
Sections: Opus Bonum, First Lights
Premiere Type: Central European Premiere
Awards: Best World Documentary Film
Exhibition format: DCP
Subtitle languages: English
Simultaneous interpreting: cz
28.10.2015 10:30
01.11.2015 10:00


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