Una Noche

Una Noche (2012/2013)

Also Known As: One Night

Opened: 08/23/2013 Limited

IFC Center08/23/2013 - 10/17/201356 days
Lincoln Plaza08/23/2013 - 09/12/201321 days
Royal09/13/2013 - 09/19/20137 days

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Genre: Cuban Drama/Thriller

Rated: Unrated

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Trapped in the nervous desperation of Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. When accused of assault, his only option is to flee. He begs his best friend, Elio, to abandon everything and help him reach the forbidden land 90 miles across the ocean. Elio's commitment is tested when he is torn between helping Raul escape and protecting his twin sister, Lila. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana's restless youth in the crumbling sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tension, that burns to a shocking climax.

Director's Statement

People leave Cuba on homemade rafts, risking everything on a daily basis. Everybody in Cuba knows someone who has gone or attempted to; mothers have left their children, husbands their wives. Some make it, but many disappear or wash up back further down the shore, dead or alive. It is devastating. The ocean between Havana and the Florida Straights is extremely dangerous.

Fascination with the outside world, the desire to see it, and the feeling of being left are all emotions that mark Cuba. It has been over 50 years since the Communist Revolution, and in some ways in Havana it feels like time has stood still: the old cars, the old buildings, all the stereotypes that are typically associated with the city. Some things, however, are very different. There is a raw energy concealed in the youth. It is this fresh perspective that I wanted to capture in Una Noche - the new generation.