Dead Slow Ahead

A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its pace reveals the continuous movement of the machinery devouring its workers: the old sailors’ gestures disappearing under the mechanical and impersonal pulse of the 21st century neo-capitalism. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species with engines still running, unstoppable.

Director's Biography
MAURO HERCE, born in Barcelona in 1976, is a Spanish artist and documentary filmmaker. He studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños and the École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière in Paris. Herce started his career as a director of photography and screenwriter. Dead Slow Ahead, his first feature film as a director, premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it also won the Special Jury Prize. At the Jihlava International Film Festival, it received the Best World Documentary Award.
Competition Documentary 2016
Mauro Herce
Spain / France 2015
74 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Manuel Muñoz R., Mauro Herce
Cinematography Mauro Herce
Editing Manuel Muñoz R.
Sound/Sounddesign Daniel Fernández, Alejandro Castillo, Manuel Muñoz R., Carlos E. García
Music José M. Berenguer
Producer(s) Ventura Durall (Nanouk Films, ES), José Alayón (El Viaje Films, ES), Jasmina Sijerči, Mauro Herce (Bocalupo Films, FR)
Nanouk Films Calle Còrsega 236 Principal 08036 Barcelona, Spain
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Locarno International Film Festival 2015
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere