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'Urgent Simplicity' in Mulloy's Cuban-Set Drama Una Noche: Film Review

Una Noche’: Lucy Mulloy debut feature presented with ‘urgent, rough-hewn simplicity’ (photo: Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, Javier Núñez Florián, Dariel Arrechaga in the movie ‘Una Noche’) The story of three Havana teenagers attempting to escape Cuba for a better life in America is conveyed with urgent, rough-hewn simplicity in director Lucy Mulloy’s Una Noche. Making very effective use of Cuban non-pro actors, Mulloy takes us around the mean streets of Havana, where the shops are empty, but private homes stock everything from jewelry to motors to HIV meds. What the British-born, first-time feature director might lack in narrative polish, she makes up for with a genuine sense of empathy for her yearning, troubled characters and an artist’s eye for the beauty of decay. Mulloy even went to great trouble to shoot in 35mm instead of digital, a testament to her production moxie and desire for visual authenticity,
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Interview: 'Una Noche' Director Lucy Mulloy (In Theaters Now)

In Una Noche, Lucy Mulloy's debut feature film, a brother and sister living in Havana embark on a dangerous journey with their friend, floating on a raft bound for Miami. Even ahead of its release this month, the film has garnered Mulloy numerous accolades, and even a stamp of approval from director Spike Lee. In April, the movie also made waves when lead actors Javier Núñez Florián and Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre (who became a couple during production) disappeared en route to the Tribeca Film Festival, only to resurface days later with the revelation that they were seeking asylum in the United States.  At its core, though, Una Noche is a compelling portrait of a teenage girl, a...
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Exclusive: Clip From Tribeca & Berlin Film Festival Award Winner 'Una Noche'

“Write what you know” is the axiom most first time storytellers follow. But English-born writer/director Lucy Mulloy, who studied at Nyu under film studies professor Spike Lee, decided to take on the opposite approach for her feature debut, “Una Noche." “I wasn’t thinking about it being my feature debut or anything grandiose,” Mulloy said about the Cuban-set movie she started as a thesis short and then expanded into a feature. Starring Dariel Arrechaga, Javier Núñez Florián and Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, the magnetic drama tells the story of three teenagers who dream of escaping Havana for a better life in the U.S. and then are forced to do so when one is accused of assault. And the film was certainly well received. It cleaned up at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 taking home Best Actor, Cinematography, and New Director honors in the Narrative competition, and
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Una Noche (2012) Movie Trailer: Miami and Better Lives Await the Bold

Una Noche Trailer. Lucy Mulloy‘s Una Noche (2012) movie trailer, a film presented by Spike Lee, stars Dariel Arrechaga, Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, Javier Núñez Florián, María Adelaida Méndez Bonet, and Greisy del Valle. Una Noche‘s plot synopsis: “Mired in the nervous desperation of Havana, Raul dreams of escaping [...]

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