HAVANA AUTOS & ARCHITECTURE

B&W FILMS LTD - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2015

Based on the book by Norman Foster and Mauricio Vicent, this feature documentary is a depiction of a country that is emerging from a time capsule after 50 years of stubborn survival, capturing the humour and resourcefulness that has kept Cubans and their cars going.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CUBA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Synopsis
    • Havana’s architecture and automobiles share a visual rapport in colour and condition, both miraculously surviving the ravages of time. But this film is much more than buildings and cars. It is a depiction of a country that is emerging from a time capsule after over 50 years of stubborn survival, and it captures the humour and resourcefulness that has kept the Cubans and their cars going.

      Anselmo has two passions in life: Castro’s revolution and his black 1959 Impala. He spent many months trawling the island looking for the car until he finally found it in the ownership of a young woman who sold him the car and became his lover. This film tells stories like Anselmo’s and others, including the drivers whose cars are a livelihood for their families, the old friends who cruise the malecon and the heroic mechanics that have kept the cars going despite no spare parts. It’s a reflection on a country that has kept its people going despite the fact there are no spare parts for them either.
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