‘Una Noche’ U.S. Rights Acquired by Sundance Selects

Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche," a tale about Cuban defectors, was a winner at Tribeca Festival — and two of the film's actors defected just before its premiere there

Last Updated: May 31, 2012 @ 3:12 PM

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche,"

"Una Noche" made a splash at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, where it took home awards for director Mulloy (who also wrote the screenplay), cinematographers Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder and leading actors Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian. 

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"Una Noche" deals with two Cuban teens; one is forced to flee to the United States, while the other debates whether to follow or remain with his sister. 

Just prior to the film's Tribeca opening, life imitated art. The film's lead Florian disappeared in the Miami airport and is believed to have defected to the United States with one of his co-stars in "Una Noche," Anailin de la Rua.

Mulloy, Daniel Mulloy, Maite Artieda, Sandy Perez and Yunior Santiago are the producers.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films said in a statement: "Una Noche" is a remarkable first film that vividly takes us into the lives of 3 teenagers living in Havana looking for a better life. Lucy Mulloy is a major director to watch and has created a film that is both vibrant and sexy but also powerful. We look forward to working with her and her remarkable cast on the release of this film."

The deal for "Una Noche" was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP of acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with the UTA Independent Film Group and XYZ Films on behalf of the producers.

International sales of the film are being handled by Fortissimo Films.
 
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