Saturday, April 28, 2012

Una Noche (2012) Tribeca 2012

The movie is about Cuban teens Raul and Elio with dreams of a new life and freedom in Miami, away from the misery and hopelessness of their homeland.  The teenage boys slave away at a local Cuban restaurant that caters to wealthy tourists. They develop a strong bond and  have been dreaming about their escape to America for quite some time. When Raul assaults a foreigner and is chased by the police, the plans are set into motion and there is no turning back.  Elio has no other choice than to leave his family including his twin sister, Lila who complicates matters when she eventually includes herself in the plans to escape and attempt the ninety mile journey to freedom.   

Shot entirely in Cuba documentary style, Lucy Mulloy's film UNA NOCHE is a movie that pulsates and instantly grabs you by the arm, leading viewers down unfamiliar poverty-stricken streets and unknown destinations.  The acting is fantastic and the movie breathes with a relentless, youthful energy that brims with sexuality and music.  Mulloy is a passionate risk taker whose directorial debut is a must-see! 

In a strange case of  life imitating art, two actors from the movie defected after their airplane landed in Miami.  Their next stop was supposed to be the 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  We wish them all the best and hope for their safety.  

Top awards at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Awards went to UNA NOCHE  including Best New Narrative Director, Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature and Best Actor in a Narrative Feature.  If you live in the NYC area, go see the movie before the festival ends.  There are two more screenings of UNA NOCHE on Sunday at 11:30 AM and 5:30 PM.  Highly recommended! 

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