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, passion and competitive spirit of the Cuban people. 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.
The movie is play exclusively in South Florida at O Cinema Miami Beach. Here are the showtimes:
Fri, Apr 8th @ 6:45pm
Sat, Apr 9th @ 2:45pm, 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Sun, Apr 10th @ 2:45pm, 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Mon, Apr 11th @ 6:45pm
Tues, Apr 12th @ 6:45pm
Wed, Apr 13th @ 6:45pm
Thurs, Apr 14th @ 6:45pm
Plus, filmgoers can meet the racers in person. Film subjects Carlos Alvarez Sanchez & Saul Garcia, will be present all weekend to participate in post-screening Q&A’s after the 6:45pm screenings on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.