Havana Motor Club

Directed by: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt | 2016 | 1h 24m | Unrated

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HAVANA MOTOR CLUB tells a personal, character-driven story about Cuba’s vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since shortly after the 1959 Revolution.

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.

“‘Havana Motor Club’ Looks at the Glory and Ingenuity Behind Cuba’s Underground Drag Racing Scene.”
– VICE

“Inspiring, thrilling and visually stunning, the HAVANA MOTOR CLUB is more than just a film about racing, it’s about Cuba’s divided emotions.”
– SCREEN RELISH

“The documentary Havana Motor Club is rich with the grease and glory of American muscle cars in Cuba…The film is enriched by Cuban music, lavish colors, and beautifully shot American(ish) muscle cars. But it’s about much more than car racing. It shows how it feels to sacrifice and strive for something uncertain—and it shows that sometimes the endeavor is more about daily devotion than the ultimate goal.”
– BLOOMBERG