By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire May 31, 2012 at 2:32PM
Acquisitions from the Tribeca Film Festival are starting to trickle in, with Sundance Selects picking up North American rights to Lucy Mulloy’s “Una Noche” Thursday. After its world premiere at the Berlin fest, Mulloy’s debut feature won a trio of awards in competition at Tribeca, including one for best new narrative director.
Dariel Arrechaga, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nuñez Florian star in the story of three Cuban teenagers struggling with poverty and stark choices about what a better life in Miami might mean. Mulloy, who wrote the screenplay, produced along with Daniel Mulloy, Maite Artieda, Sandy Perez and Yunior Santiago.
"‘Una Noche’ is a remarkable first film that vividly takes us into the lives of 3 teenagers living in Havana looking for a better life,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. “Lucy Mulloy is a major director to watch and has created a film that is both vibrant and sexy but also powerful."
The film also generated some additional news during the April festival when De la Torre and Florian disappeared in Miami while traveling to New York for the event. They eventually turned up more than a week later.
Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and XYZ Films. Fortissimo Films is repping international sales.
Sundance Selects recently released “Pina,” “The Kid With a Bike” and Certified Copy.” The company also acquired three competition films at the just-completed Cannes Film Festival: Abbas Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love,” Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share” and Walter Salles’ “On the Road.”