Dead Slow Ahead

Spain / 2015 / 74 minutes / NR

An enormous shipping freighter drifts aimlessly across the desolate waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Beneath the grinding, brutal machinery and bruised ocean skies, the ship’s anonymous crew toil tirelessly to keep the ship on course. They could be lost, men adrift, or perhaps the last vestiges of a doomed species. Gorgeously shot in rich, spectral hues, filmmaker Mauro Herce’s (cinematographer on many acclaimed films like the Cannes winner Mimosas) award-winning documentary, resembling at times a dystopian sci-fi film, is an immersive one-of-a-kind experience.


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  • Director

    Mauro Herce

  • Producer

    Jose Alayón
    Ventura Durall
    Mauro Herce
    Jasmina Sijercic

  • "A transcendent sci-fi documentary. Herce and his crew have accomplished is an invaluable feat of cinematic empathy and vision."

    — The Verge
  • "The most beautiful film I saw... Herce's riveting and eerie visual style successfully captures the monumentality of the bulker—and man’s smallness within it."

    — Cineaste
  • "Herce captures an astonishing array of natural wonders and crafts an extra-sensory tableaux of near-surrealist imagery with a steady hand and acute eye for the beauty of his surrounding."

    — Brooklyn Magazine
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