Dead Slow Ahead
Director: Mauro Herce
Duration: 74 min. Language: No dialogues
19 Nov – 6 Dec (Globally) Get your tickets here
A freighter crosses the ocean. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species with engines still running, unstoppable. Dead Slow Ahead is a feverish and hallucinatory portrait of machinery that has overwhelmed the men living in it: they no longer know if they are operating the machine or if it is the other way round.
For over two months, Mauro Herce and his crew travelled aboard the freighter My Fair Lady, shooting 14-16 hours a day as it made it laborious journey from Ukraine to New Orleans. Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, Dead Slow Ahead detaches itself from reality in favour of setting a science fiction, dystopian tone. Welding disparate images and foreboding sounds from deep within the labyrinthine corridors of the ship, Herce has transformed what could have been a dull documentation of life aboard the ship and imbued it with an otherworldly sense of wonder.
One of the most engrossing experiences I’ve ever had in a theatre (Emily Yoshida, The Verge)
Festivals: Locarno International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, Winner; Seville European Film Festival – Special Mention, Winner
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