Dead Slow Ahead

A film by Mauro Herce
A revealing and hypnotic trip on board the freighter Fair Lady, whose sailors are overwhelmed by an industrialized world in which they seem to be mere gears.

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.

Director’s Bio

Mauro Herce has worked as director of photography, and sometimes screenwriter, in a more than twenty feature films (both fiction and documentaries). Many of these works have been selected, and some have won awards, at outstanding film festivals throughout the world, such as Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Rotterdam and Toronto.

Festivals and awards


  • Festival del Film Locarno – Special Jury Prize (Cineasti del presente)
  • DocLisboa International Film Festival – International Competition – Best First Feature Film/Universities Jury Award.
  • Festival Internacional de cine de Gijón – DocuFIX.
  • Festival Internacional de cine de Mar de Plata-Panorama/Estados Alterados.
  • Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife-International Competition – Best Editing Award.
  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival – International Competition – Best World Documentary.
  • Sarajevo – Pravo Ljudski Film Festival – International Competition.
  • Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo – Nuevas Olas – Honor Mention.
  • Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo – Resistencias.
  • Torino Film Festival – International Competition.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival.
  • Zinebi – Festival Internacional de cine documental – Beautiful Docs.


Dead Slow Ahead

Original title

Dead Slow Ahead




Mauro Herce


Spain, France / Filipino / 2015 / 70 min

Technical data

2K DCP / Dolby 5.1 / 1:1.9 / Color

Available subtitles

English, Spanish

Production company

El Viaje Films, Nanouk Films, Bocalupo Films

Executive producer

Jose Alayón


Mauro Herce, Manuel Muñoz

Director of photography

Mauro Herce


Manuel Muñoz

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