One Way to Create Buzz for a Movie - Una Noche Actors Defect

You may have heard of the movie, Una Noche, a short film idea created by Lucy Mulloy when she visited Cuba and listened to the natives. Lucy Mulloy, a Brit who studied at NYU, has earned numerous awards for her film-making.

Una Noche is making its U.S. feature film debut at The Tribeca Film Festival this week. She used non-actors in the film.

Una Noche is an impartial look at Cuba “through the eyes of people whose nostalgia for the Revolution fades every year along with their dreams”. [Quote from Sidney’s Buzz in Indie Wire):

blogs.indiewire.com/sydneylevine/latinobuzz-interview-with-lucy-mulloy-una-noche

The article also says, “Lucy captures the pulse of Cuba and with her portrayal of youth and its beautiful juxtaposition to the decaying architecture of Havana.”


Cuba allows some to leave Cuba, especially for the arts. As we have reported previously, it often forbids people like Yoani Sanchez to leave. Leonardo Padura is able to travel regularly. But in this case, it allowed actors from the movie (who were not really professional actors) to travel to the United States in order to promote the film. Three of the actors arrived in Miami, but only one made it to the New York premiere of the film. The other two are “missing.”

Huffington Post reports in

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/21/una-noche-actors-flee_n_1443013.html

that “The Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Una Noche," a film about three Cuban teens trying to escape the Communist island nation for a better life in the U.S., was marred by the disappearance of two of the film's lead stars -- who went missing as soon as their plane from Cuba touched down in Miami. Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian, the 20-year-old Cuban-born actors, were flown from Cuba to the United States on Wednesday and were supposed to make their way to New York on Friday in order to promote the film. But instead, the pair stayed in Miami, according to 20-year-old Dariel Arrechada, the third star of the film who traveled with them.”

Arrechada seemed a bit chagrined to report that he had arrived alone. Arrechada stated that he will definitely return to Cuba after the festival ends. The article quoted him as saying, in Spanish of course: "I have my family there, my friends, my girlfriend. Here, I don't know anyone. Here, I don't know the way of life. I also don't know English very well".

Lucy Mulloy, tweeted in late March that the actors would be coming. She tweeted: "First time out of Cuba to the US!" The Huffington Post says that Mulloy told reporters that she's disappointed and surprised by the apparent defection, but she understands.

Now, I really want to see the movie. The buzz creation worked.

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