Dead Slow Ahead

Co-presented by Acropolis Cinema

Spanish director Mauro Herce’s directorial debut Dead Slow Ahead is a unique aesthetic object that plays at once like a vocational ethnography, and also as an experiential view of industrial advancement. Filmed on a commercial freighter off the coasts of Ukraine and New Orleans, the film situates the viewer, without context, directly in the bowels of the ship’s titanic hull, with clanking machinery, whirring turbines, and swells of oceanic furor enveloping the senses as we barrel forward in the grip of unforgiving conditions. 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 surroundings. With its prismatic range of primary colors, aural ambiance, and disorienting spatial arrangements, Dead Slow Ahead constructs an immense formal infrastructure through which to conceive of the sheer physicality of life aboard the freighter. — Jordan Cronk, Brooklyn magazine

Dir. Mauro Herce, 2015, DCP, 74 min.