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Una noche (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 18 January 2013 (Taiwan)
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In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre ...
Javier Núñez Florián ...
María Adelaida Méndez Bonet ...
Greisy del Valle ...
Katia Caso ...
Hilda (as Katia Caso González)
Lázaro Mario Padrón Ávila ...
Liliana Lam Hernández ...
Plastic Girl 1
Belissa Cruz Pupo ...
Plastic Girl 2
Anais Abreu ...
Yaneisi Martín Baez ...
Liuda Montes Lado ...
La Gata (as Liuda Motes Lado)
Yuleisy Viciedo Madrigal ...
Rolando Peña ...


Mired in the nervous desperation of Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. When accused of assault, his only option is to flee. He appeals to his best friend, Elio, to abandon everything and help him reach his destiny, 90 miles across the ocean. Elio's commitment is tested when he is torn between protecting his sister and his own desire to get out. On this one night, full of hope and fraught with tensions, they face the biggest challenge of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Three kids. One night. No return.


Drama | Romance


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18 January 2013 (Taiwan)  »

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Una noche  »

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$17,194 (USA) (25 August 2013)


$65,233 (USA) (6 September 2013)

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During a layover at Miami airport on the way to promote the film at the 2012 Tribeca Film Featival, actors Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre (Lila) and Javier Nuñez Florián (Elio) defected to seek political asylum in the US. They never actually attended the film premier in New York. The two actors, who played twins in the film, resurfaced and told news outlets they had fallen in love during shooting and that they were now expecting twins of their own. See more »


Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »


Ancient song of the ocean
Performed by Daisy Ysabel Duarry
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Gripping tale of survival in "Una Noche" reviewed at IFF Panama
19 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche" (One Night) takes you into the depths of the Cuban culture and exposes how far its main characters are willing to go to find a better life. Daniel Arrechaga, who plays Raul, is an energetic free spirit who's been drowning in the sedentary existence of his mundane job while at the same time trying to sell and trade whatever he can to support his HIV positive prostitute mother. But time is running out as Raul's gets restless and proceeds to unintentionally create a situation for himself that will force him to flee in order to avoid prosecution. His childhood friend Elio (Javier Núñez Florián) and sister Lila (Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre) are in similar desperate situations as they find themselves facing daily austerity in the face of an impending bleak future. Raul's unawareness of Elio's feelings towards him makes matters ever more interesting as both men choose to embark on an odyssey at sea on a made up raft. Their plans are altered by Lila, a sudden addition to their trip. With only a concept and very little to work with, this threesome sets out to sea hoping to survive the treacherous and at times life threatening waters in order find a new life in Miami. All three find themselves in a dicey situation as Lila's menstruation becomes a call to feast from hungry sharks and a catalyst to an unnerving and troubling ending.

The leads performances and fascinating look into surviving a very repressed Cuban society with stern consequences for those who choose to engage in minor infractions, is what makes this remarkable and sexually charged feature a journey you will never forget.

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