Sundance Selects will debut Lucy Mulloy‘s feature film debut Una Noche this Friday, August 23 (followed by a release on iTunes on August 26).
This friday, the film will be released in two theaters: at the Koubek Theater,
Lincoln Plaza in Miami, FL and at the IFC Center in New York City. The film will expand to 10 more cities soon after, which will be announced soon.
You might recall last year when two of its Cuban stars – Anailin De La Rua De La Torre and Javier Nunez Florian – decided to stay in the USA instead of returning to Cuba, after the film premiered at Tribeca in New York.
Una Noche – which most recently screened at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa – centers on two Cuban teens – Raul and Elio – who consider escaping the communist and broken-down country to flee to Miami, FL. Conflict arises when Raul has no choice to escape after being accused of assaulting a foreigner, and now Elio must make a choice between freedom and leaving his twin sister behind.
Here’s the full synopsis:
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.
Watch a recent theatrical release trailer for the film below. I’m loving the atmospheric look and intriguing feel of what I’m seeing.