Motorcity follows the local amateur drag car racing scene in Detroit. Over a period of two years, the camera observes John Quick, Carter & Son Racing and Karri Anne Beebe, “the fastest woman in Michigan”, on their all-consuming individual quest for a few tenths of a second. Through the frame of this high octane sport, Motorcity questions the rise and fall of Detroit itself.
Dir. Arthur Summereder - 85min -2021 - Austria
"The elaborately tuned vehicles reach tremendous speeds in a flash; a race lasts only a few seconds. A magical margin in which Detroit of the present and past potentially overlap" - Diagonale, Graze
"distills a cinematic meditation on American values, ideals and myths" - FilmplusKritik
"In America...racing has different roots, those of the underprivileged working class people...The purity of drag racing serves as the source of inspiration for the Austrian filmmaker Arthur Summereder and the diversity between the ranks of the people who are still involved in it as the fuel for his documentary" - Ubiquarian
"establishes drag racing as a metaphor for the haunting myth upon which America was founded" - Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival