projects

Frédéric Tcheng’s solo directorial debut Dior and I (2014) brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators.

Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. The film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Havana Motor Club (currently in post-production) 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 the Revolution.

 Produced by Zelmira Gainza and directed, edited and produced by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, the film tackles how Cuba’s recent reforms — the owning of property, allowance of small businesses, and greater exchange between Cubans, Cuban Americans, tourists, and other foreigners — have affected the lives of these racers and their families. One racer enlists the help of a Cuban American patron in Miami to smuggle in parts for his modern car. His main competitor is a renowned mechanic who uses ingenuity rather than resources to create a racing monster. Another racer ponders whether he will participate in the race or sell his motor — one that he recovered on the ocean floor from a ship used to smuggle Cubans off the island — in order to flee Cuba on a raft headed to Florida. Through the eyes of these racers and their community, HAVANA MOTOR CLUB explores how Cuba is changing today.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012) is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.

 

Zelmira is currently developing the feature film LA PILETA, which she will produce and direct. The story centers on Ana, an awkward teenager, who moves back to Argentina with her parents. A tomboy by nature with no interest in romance, she struggles to fit in amongst her peers. But when an old love interest of her mother’s shows up, Ana finds herself unexpectedly falling for him. Production is due to start in 2015 in Argentina.