Havana Motor Club


Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 10, 2015 11:00 AM
Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:84 min
Director:Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Producer:Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Zelmira Gainza
Magnus Andersson
Screenwriter:Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Cinematographer:Zelmira Gainza
Editor:Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Armando Croda
Julio Perez IV
Print Source:Perlmutt Productions Inc.
Note Writer:Michael Fox


Declared an elitist pursuit after the revolution, auto racing in Cuba survives as a clandestine, cop-dodging activity on remote streets and highways. Drivers endlessly tweak the souped-up, tuned-up engines in their 1950s US hotrods, dreaming of the day their underground sport is sanctioned again by the authorities. This vibrant, street-level documentary follows a handful of obsessed grease monkeys through the course of the Cuban Motor Federation’s stop-and-go exertions to stage an organized drag-racing event. The top competitors setting enginesand heartsracing are Reinaldo “Tito” Lopez Fernandez, the fierce gray-haired patriarch whose son drives their classic red-and-white 1955 Chevy Bel Air, and Carlos Alvarez Sanchez, blessed with Clooney-esque looks and a Cuban-American partner who flies in parts for their late-model red Porsche. To overcome the myriad bumps in the road, they and their fellow enthusiasts rely on a uniquely Cuban mix of determination, sacrifice, and macho swagger.

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Co-presented by Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Additional Information

Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt co-directed and edited Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011). He directed and produced Lumo (2007), a documentary about a young rape survivor in eastern Congo that won a Student Academy Award and was broadcast on PBS. He served as the co-producer and additional editor of Control Room (2004), and the associate editor of Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008). He wrote, directed, produced, and edited Les Vulnerables (2007), the closing night short of the New York Film Festival and a grand jury prizewinner at AFI Dallas.