Dir: Mauro Herce
Official Selection: SxSW
Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival
If you were make a documentary about the Nostromo - the giant cargo space vessel featured in Alien - this would be it.
This beautiful documentary is a work of art from start to end as it spends twelve months on board the giant grain tanker Fair Lady.
The camera moves from the bridge to the bilge as it captures the daily lives and environments of the seamen from high drama to flat out boredom.
But beyond these human observations it’s the vessel itself that is the central character with the individuals on it seemingly somehow trapped inside the belly of a gigantic whale.
The film’s exploration of these cavernous and lonely spaces is utterly astonishing - they are simply huge with the men onboard seemingly as small as the grains of wheat the vessel is transporting.
The images presented are so deep, the scale so enormous, the colour so vibrant and the sound so rich that you wonder at times if you’re watching some kind of metaphysical work of science fiction.
It’s just brilliant and breathtaking.
"a transcendent sci-fi documentary that must be experienced" - The Verge