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WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

HAVANA MOTOR CLUB

Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 84 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE HAVANA MOTOR CLUB
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.
Sports, Documentary, NY Director(s)
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.”

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    84 minutes
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
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

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