Sun 27.11.2016 / 14:15 / Annis, main theatre
DEAD SLOW AHEAD / Mauro Herce / 2015 / Spain/France / 76 min
In tagalog, with english subtitles
A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its pace reveals the continuous movement of the machinery devouring its workers: the old sailor’s gestures disappearing under the mechanical and impersonal pulse of the 21st century. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species with engines still running, unstoppable.
“We wanted to make a documentary about life at sea as if it were a science fiction movie in space. Because it is no longer about how we imagine a ship of the future and how life on it might be; it’s about showing how this future, anticipated many times in fiction, is already happening today.
We imagined that we were filming the last ship of mankind; a ship where the crew has not realized that the world has come to an end and continues to perform mechanical actions, subordinated to the needs of this floating steel monster which they keep feeding up to unconsciousness. Dead Slow Ahead is the portrayal of this very contemporary nightmare, with no intention however to condemn it nor to provide a sociological pamphlet. The aim is a different one, it’s about capturing the most primitive and essential images of this universe: the forge where man becomes smaller in the face of a sentence that the exceeding and overwhelming machinery imposes on him. The machinery never rests”