HAVANA MOTOR CLUB now available ON DEMAND!
"The camera looks lovingly at the Fifties American muscle cars while also capturing the enthusiasm and hope in these men's stories. They're not just looking to bring legitimacy to their racing club, but also to help build a new Cuba that won't persecute their passion."
"Perlmutt really knows his stuff and effortlessly evokes the iconic movie imagery that evolved to show these automobiles at their best. This gives the film a romantic character that goes deeper than the enthusiasm of its subjecs or the strange history of the island itself."
"Un viaggio a 200 all’ora nel mondo delle corse clandestine cubane, fatto di piloti e auto senza età tenuti insieme dalla passione per la velocità, in patria considerata non soltanto pericolosa, ma soprattutto fuorilegge: questo, in estrema sintesi, il progetto di Havan Motor Club."
"Gran autenticidad y pasión posee este retrato cubano de una práctica que subsiste underground y lucha por imponerse profesionalmente, entre carencias y restricciones, en un país donde los corredores de autos vivieron tiempos de gloria, hasta que el deporte murió, legalmente, con la revolución."
"A vastly entertaining documentary about the underground drag racing scene in Cuba that is also about as informative a take on the social and economic reforms being pushed by Raul Castro as you can find anywhere. It ...is by far the best documentary I have seen thus far in 2016."
"This beautifully shot, high-octane doc follows a group of underground drivers in the Cuban capital as they piece together car parts (or in one case, the engine of a refugees’ raft that has sunk), tinker with their unlikely autos (from sleek Porsche to weathered Chevy), and compete fiercely yet with a strong sense of solidarity"
"Perlmutt, one of the most adventurous young documentarians working, has spent years profiling a half dozen of the illegal sports’ most dogged, promising practioneers. Premiering just as the political barriers that have long plagued the Communist country are starting the fade away, the film couldn’t be more topical.”
"The climax of the film is beautifully executed with the tension ramped up in a way that no fiction film could possible top. And the moment of truth is quite impactful as well in its suspense and the awe it inspires. You simply cannot make up what happens at that finish line. On the surface, "Havana Motor Club" might seem like a movie for niche audiences with an interest in drag racing. But the film is a historic document that allows viewers an opportunity to explore a nation that has maintained itself cut off in many respects from the rest of the world. Through the film, this world is opened up through its people who work every day for dreams and goals that many of us take for granted in our daily lives."
"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."