Cuban Film 'Una Noche' Wins In Tribeca Film Festival: Stars Evade Premiere to Stay in the U.S.

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival honored its top picks from its long roster of new movies during an award ceremony last night. The Cuban film, Una Noche, proved to be a favorite among the judges. It won in three categories including, “Best Cinematography,” and “Best New Narrative Director”. Directed by Lucy Mulloy, she will receive upwards of $100,000 for post-production costs.

In addition, the film won “Best Actors in a Narrative” for the lead roles. (Dariel Arrechada and Jaiver Nunez Florian.) Each actor was awarded $2,500.

The controversial film depicts the story of two friends who flee the island in search of a better life in the U.S. The movie also riled up a bit of its own behind-the-scenes controversy after Florian and actress, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, decided to stay in Miami after attending the film’s premiere. The co-stars never made it to the New York City opening of the film festival in order to avoid returning to Cuba, reported the Huffington Post.

In light of their escape, the jury honored the actors’ in the film and said in a statement, “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.” They added, “Both young actors are nonprofessionals who took great risks to tell a daring story. Each won our hearts.” 

There is still no information regarding the whereabouts of Florian and De la Torre.