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by Mauro Herce


A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its gears reveals the continuous movement of machinery devouring its workers: the last gestures of the old sailors’ trade disappearing under the mechanic and impersonal pace of 21st century neocapitalism. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species. Although we don’t know it, the engines are 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.

original title: Dead Slow Ahead
country: Spain, France
sales agent: Canary Islands Connection
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Mauro Herce
film run: 74'
screenplay: Mauro Herce, Manuel Muñoz
cinematography by: Mauro Herce
film editing: Manuel Muñoz
producer: José Ángel Alayón
production: Nanouk Films, El Viaje Films, Bocalupo films
distributor: CineBinario Films, Potemkine Films


main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2015Ciné+Cineasti del presente Special Jury Prize
Seville European Film Festival 2015 
SXSW Festival 2016 
Crossing Europe 2016 
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2016 
Toulouse Cinespaña Film Festival 2016 

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