Fed up with living in poverty while catering to a privileged tourist class, Cuban teens Raul and Elio are tantalized by the idea of fleeing the confines of their broken-down country for a new life in Miami. When Raul is accused of assaulting a foreigner, he has no choice but to escape, but Elio must decide whether his desire for freedom and helping Raul are worth abandoning his beloved twin sister, Lila. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana's restless youth and the evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tension, that burns to a shocking climax.
Winner of the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Emerging Narrative Filmmaker in 2010, director Lucy Mulloy spent years living in Havana to research Una Noche. Her film is infused with sensitivity, depth, and fearlessness as it unfolds in a city rarely seen by American audiences. Untrained actors play the leads, and their aching vulnerability and honest performances leave a lasting impression. A universal coming-of-age story in an unlikely place, Una Noche marks the directing debut of an important, passionate new voice.
Length: 89 minutes
USA, U.K., Cuba
Premiere: North American
Director: Lucy Mulloy
Screenwriter: Lucy Mulloy
Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Daniel Michael Mulloy, Maite Artieda, Sandy Perez Aguila, Yunior Santiago
Editor: Cindy Lee
Director of Photography: Trevor Forrest, Shlomo Godder
Production Designer: Laura Huston
Executive Producer: Sam Martin, Mark Nichols
Primary Cast: Dariel Arrechada, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, Javier Nuñez Florian
Lucy Mulloy graduated from NYU film school. She is an Oxford alum and has been nominated for a Student Academy Award. Her film Una Noche won the Spike Lee Production Grant, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant, TFI Creative Promise Emerging Narrative Award, and more. She is currently developing Una Noche Más.
2012 Best New Narrative Director Award Winner – Lucy Mulloy. Click here for additional screenings.
2012 Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film Award Winner. Click here for additional screenings.
2012 Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film Award Winner – Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florian as Raul and Elio.