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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

HAVANA MOTOR CLUB

TFF 2015 Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE HAVANA MOTOR CLUB [TFF 2015]
Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt takes to the roadways of Havana for a fascinating glimpse at the resilience, ingenuity, and passion of the competitive spirit. Auto racing was a Cuban tradition for decades, typified by the Cuban Grand Prix of the late '50s. Fidel Castro declared the practice elitist and outlawed racing indefinitely, yet an underground automotive pulse still beats on the island. Gearheads across Cuba scrap, scrape together, or just fabricate parts to get max speed out of their American muscle cars. Meanwhile, enthusiasts and organizers look for ways to legitimize the sport and bring the excitement of Cuban racing back to the people.

Punctuated by a lively Cuban soundtrack, Havana Motor Club captures a nation at a crossroads. Changing international relationships and economic reforms have offered unprecedented opportunity to Cubans, but left the children of the Revolution unsure of the best route forward. For the half-dozen racers at the heart of Perlmutt’s film, this means last-minute adjustments or wholesale changes to their beloved cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned drag race in Cuba since 1960.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey

This feature is preceded by a short film from Marvel Entertainment and ESPN Films' 1 of 1: Origins series, Danica Patrick: Star race car driver Danica Patrick retells the moment she discovered her super power as a 10 year-old racing go-carts. It was on a little track in rural Beloit, Wisconsin where she discovered that she would do anything to win, and found the internal drive and focus to accomplish greatness.
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Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt takes to the roadways of Havana for a fascinating glimpse at the resilience, ingenuity, and passion of the competitive spirit. Auto racing was a Cuban tradition for decades, typified by the Cuban Grand Prix of the late '50s. Fidel Castro declared the practice elitist and outlawed racing indefinitely, yet an underground automotive pulse still beats on the island. Gearheads across Cuba scrap, scrape together, or just fabricate parts to get max speed out of their American muscle cars. Meanwhile, enthusiasts and organizers look for ways to legitimize the sport and bring the excitement of Cuban racing back to the people.

Punctuated by a lively Cuban soundtrack, Havana Motor Club captures a nation at a crossroads. Changing international relationships and economic reforms have offered unprecedented opportunity to Cubans, but left the children of the Revolution unsure of the best route forward. For the half-dozen racers at the heart of Perlmutt’s film, this means last-minute adjustments or wholesale changes to their beloved cars, as they prepare for the first sanctioned drag race in Cuba since 1960.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey

This feature is preceded by a short film from Marvel Entertainment and ESPN Films' 1 of 1: Origins series, Danica Patrick: Star race car driver Danica Patrick retells the moment she discovered her super power as a 10 year-old racing go-carts. It was on a little track in rural Beloit, Wisconsin where she discovered that she would do anything to win, and found the internal drive and focus to accomplish greatness.
Film Information
Year: 2015
Length: 84 minutes
Language: Spanish
Country: USA, Cuba
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Screenwriter: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Producer: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Zelmira Gainza, Magnus Andersson
Editor: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Armando Croda, Julio Perez IV,
Cinematographer: Zelmira Gainza
Executive Producer: Magnus Andersson, Raja Sethuraman, Dan Cogan
Co-Producer: Laura Duarte Gómez, Marcel Piedra, Jenny Raskin, Esther de Rothschild
Additional Editor : Lindsey Cordero
Cast: Armando Lorenzo Munnet, Reynaldo López García, Reinaldo López Fernández, Eduardo Hernández, Carlos Alvarez, Jose Antonio Madera, Milton Díaz Cánter
Contacts

Print Source
Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Perlmutt Productions, Inc.
Brooklyn, 11238
Phone: 917 375 1269
bperlmutt@gmail.com

US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
josh@submarine.com

About the Director(s)
Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt’s directing credits include Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and the short Lumo. He has worked as a producer and editor on several features, NGO films, and commercials. Perlmutt has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Indie Film.”

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