Una Noche, directed by New York resident Lucy Molloy, portrays the fictional defection of 3 Cuban youths–”amateur” actors Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, Javier Nunez Florian and Dariel Arrechada–via raft from Havana to Miami. The film has been a big hit at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it won multiple jury awards Thursday night. Unfortunately two of the actors weren’t at the festival to receive their shared best actor honors–because they may have really defected in Miami earlier this week.
ABC reported the mystery of the actors’ disappearances on Monday:
“Only Dariel Arrechada attended the Tribeca Film Festival premiere screening of ‘Una Noche’ on Thursday, April 19,” a spokeswoman for the Tribeca Film Festival said in a statement. “We have not had any contact with Anailin de la Rua de la Torre or with Javier Nunez Florian.”
Tammie Rosen, spokeswoman for the festival, confirmed to ABCNews.com that all of the actors were invited to the festival.
Dariel Arrechada told the Huffington Post he plans on going back to Cuba. “That’s their choice,” he told HuffPo, regarding his fellow actors’ disappearance.
Tribeca jury comments regarding Mr. Florian’s and Mr. Arrechada’s performances were rapturous. The pair gave “potent individual performances that together are even greater than the sum of their parts. Playing Raul and Elio, young Cuban men who goad each other on in a dream of fleeing Havana for a fantasy of Miami, Dariel locates Raul’s danger and sexual power as precisely as Javier taps into Elio’s essential sweetness. Both young actors are nonprofessionals who took great risks to tell a daring story. Each won our hearts.”
Una Noche is New York University graduate Lucy Molloy’s first feature-length film.