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L.A. OLA, featuring Dead Slow Ahead

L.A. OLA, featuring Dead Slow Ahead

Dead Slow Ahead

The American Cinematheque, L.A. OLA Spanish Contemporary Cinema Showcase and Los Angeles Filmforum present


Sunday, May 22, 4:00 and 7:30 pm

At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

L.A. OLA is a showcase of the most outstanding and innovative independent contemporary films from Spain in the city of L.A.  This year it happens May 20-22, 2016 at multiple venues, with the full program listed at

Tickets: $11 general, $7 American Cinematheque & Filmforum members.  Available by credit card in advance from Fandango at or at the door.

Presented by the American Cinematheque, L.A. OLA Spanish Contemporary Cinema Showcase and Los Angeles Filmforum; with the support of Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles, Embassy of Spain in the United States, Trade Commission of Spain ICEX; and the collaboration of SPAIN arts and culture, Echo Park Film Center and Non-Plus-Ultra.

Sunday, May 22nd


[Spielberg] L.A. OLA Industry Panel: "How to sell your movie: new marketing tools for a guerrilla campaign" 75 min. A roundtable discussion with Spanish and american experts on selling independent films in Europe and the USA. Free Admission.

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[Spielberg] Screening We All Love the Seashore · 2016 · Director Keina Espiñeira · 18min

A group of men are waiting at the fringes of a coastal woodland for the journey to Europe, in limbo between time and place. A film is shot there with the men playing themselves. Myths from the colonial past collide with dreams of a better future. Winner of Prix Rotterdam at IFFR 2016.

[Spielberg] Screening Dead Slow Ahead (Spain, 2015 · Director Mauro Herce · 74 min.)

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. Awarded with a Special Jury Award at Locarno Film Festival 2015 and Best Film at DocsLisboa 2015, among other international recognitions.

“Herce’s slow epic transforms a commercial freighter and the landscapes it traverses into a truly surreal experience. Tracing the ship’s journey from Ukraine and New Orleans, time eventually decelerates to the point of abstraction, the sound of its machinery creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The immaculate, solitary visuals—which have the power to distort sights as familiar as a sunrise—demand to be seen inside a theater. More incredibly still, Herce manages to deliver slices of the Filipino crew’s lives—and then effortlessly transition back to the alien.” _ Film at Lincoln Center

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Discussion after the film with director Mauro Herce, followed by a cocktail reception in the Egyptian courtyard.