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Directed by Mauro Herce

Spain, France 2015 74 mins. In Tagalog

Despite new technology, the transport of physical goods continues to rely on age-old means. Herce’s film is a hypnotic and warmly austere trip aboard an cargo ship, the Fair Lady, endlessly traversing oceans with no apparent destination. The ship groans under pressure, engines clatter, waves crash, lightning strikes, and the workers sing karaoke between bouts of cleaning cavernous and unending holds while the world waits for its next delivery. In Tagalog with English subtitles.

Reviews: Cineaste (first review), MUBI Notebook (fourth review), Brooklyn Magazine (halfway down)

Interviews: Interview with Mauro Herce at Cinema Scope

Filmography: Slimane (2013)

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