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Tribeca: 'Una Noche' Director Lucy Mulloy Talks The Disappearance Of The Film's Stars Javier Nuñez Florian & Analin de la Rúa de la Torre

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by John Lichman
April 23, 2012 9:41 AM
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By Friday night, the whispered rumors circling the Tribeca Film Festival weren't which premieres were worth watching or how to get into a Bombay Sapphire supper club. It was far more interesting than that. Two of the three lead Cuban actors in Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche" went AWOL after they arrived in Miami en route to New York City. Javier Nuñez Florian and Analin de la Rúa de la Torre had landed, but never checked into their hotel with co-star Daniel Arrechagan. Mulloy found out on Friday morning.

"They came to Miami and they didn't make it to Tribeca," she told The Playlist on Saturday. "They disappeared, really."

According to sources familiar with the situation at the film festival, the event came as a complete surprise to all parties involved. In the film, Javier and Analin play twin brother and sister that struggle with the capture of their friend Raul (Arrechada) when trying to emigrate from Cuba. Representatives at Tribeca would neither confirm nor deny the missing actors if officially asked, but mentioned there were lengthy meetings between the United States and Cuban embassies when negotiating the visas for the three teenage actors.

In an interview with Huffington Post's Latino Voices, Arrechada said "That's their choice, you know? That's their way of thinking. No one is forced to stay. And no one is forced to go back. If you want to stay in the United States, I think, well, stay. If you want to go back, go back. Not all of us have to stay and not all of us have to go back. It's about what you want to do with your life."

"On the first evening, I was kind of in shock, really," said Mulloy to The Playlist. "We were really looking forward to seeing them in Tribeca and it was something I know they would love. But it seems like they made the decision not to come, and then they stayed in Miami."

Off-screen, the two are actually a couple that came together during filming. "It was on the very first day. I think that they had thought something happened before that. It was a very, very tough time for Javier, because his father passed away just before shooting. It was a very, very, very emotional experience," she said.

This complicates not only Mallory's sequel, but proposed trilogy of the same characters as they interact over the years. When asked if there would be any repercussions from the festival or if she had been reprimanded, she replied there were none. "It's basically really shocking. I really wanted them to enjoy the experience and see the film, come to New York. But they made a different decision, I suppose. Nobody knew anything about it. I just hope everything is really ok."

"Una Noche" screens through the end of this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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9 Comments

  • Allison | May 1, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    Sounds like a movie within a movie. Sorry, Lucy. It looks like it's time for plan B.

  • James Davies | December 6, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    How and where can I see this film? I heard it's an amazing movie.

  • Miguel A. Felipe | April 26, 2012 11:21 PMReply

    Matthew I wonder if any salvadorean or peruvian has been send to the fire scuad by the salvadorian or peruvian goberment justo for try to flee from Peru or El Salvador.
    the cuban law set 3 years in prison just for try to leave the country withwouth the goberment permission known as "tarjeta blanca" "white card" there are a lot of issues i think you should know about cuban advantages

  • matthew | April 26, 2012 7:18 PMReply

    It is worth mentioning that Cuba is the only nation in the world who's citizens are allowed to automatically become US residents (green card) by the simple act of landing on our shores. Our Government gives Cubans this valuable privilege in order to embarrass the Cuban Revolution because every time someone takes advantage, it becomes a top page story for some reason. None of these stories ever mention the special privileges Cubans receive. Imagine if we were to give Salvadoreans or Peruvians the same right of naturalization? There would be "defections" every day, except we would not call them that. Only Cubans defect. Every other migrant is just an illegal we can't wait to kick out of the country.

  • belidie gomez | April 24, 2012 8:43 AMReply

    No one is forced to stay? what a joke!

  • Rah-al | April 23, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    So they used this chance to escape from Cuba? Can't blame them and I bet they will have US residency by the end of the week. I feel a bit bad for Mallory, you know the Cuban government is going to blame her for this and restrict her filmmaking activities from now on. She might not be able to go to another film festival outside of Cuba.

  • ken | April 28, 2012 10:53 PM

    Mallory is a brit and lives in the US i think; why wouldn't she be allowed out of cuba?

  • Day | April 23, 2012 10:07 AMReply

    Is this article cryptic on purpose? It's all over the place. What's the story here? A couple of enterprising Cubans used the festival as a means to sneak into the US?

  • Mr Anonymous | April 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    That's basically the case.

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