Tribeca 2012 Preview: Cuban Teens Attempt To Flee To Miami in "Una Noche"
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Tribeca 2012 Preview: Cuban Teens Attempt To Flee To Miami in "Una Noche"


Here's a film that I'm looking forward to….

Una Noche, a feature film debut by Lucy Mulloy, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last month. The film, about two Cuban teens "tantalized by the promise of a new life in Miami," will screen next at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 18th-29th.

A BIFF review from Variety says Una Noche is "Marked by a vibrant evocation of Havana street life and excellent performances from three non-pro naturals, "Una noche" throws off a restless energy well attuned to its tale of impetuous Cuban teens preparing to make the dangerous ocean journey to Florida.

Una Noche stars newcomers Dariel Arrechaga, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian.

Here's a long synopsis from the Teddy Award site:

A single night can feel very long sometimes, especially if you’re on a tiny raft, can’t swim and are surrounded by sharks. There are just ninety miles of water between Cuba and Florida. Desperate to leave, plenty of Cubans choose make this risky trip across the sea. So too Lila’s twin brother Elio. Lila always thought he could ever leave her – after all, they’ve been together ever since they were born. But of late he’s been distracted and has had less and less time for her; nowadays his world seems to revolve around his new friend. In a ruined building at the beach she discovers a couple wooden boards and two car tyres, the components for a makeshift raft with which her brother and his friend – now wanted by the police – are intending to make their escape. Lila decides she too is ready to take a risk and joins them. This film doesn’t only portray the sunny side of Havana with its vibrant streets, it also examines the severity of life in a socialist country where the police protect tourists and beat up their own people. For many Cubans life is a constant struggle for daily necessities. If you have dollars, you can get anything – provided you know where to go. And if not, there’s always the promise of a new life on the other side of the sea.

Although a trailer has yet to be released, I've attached some film stills below. I will definitely post the trailer as soon as it becomes available.




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