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

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Drama | Romance

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

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$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 »

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Habana
Written by Josin Macías Díaz (as Jostin Macias Diaz)
Performed by Josin Macías Díaz (as Jostin Macias), Vladimir Delgado Rodríguez (as Vladimir Delgado)
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Brilliant little gem
5 January 2014 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film is brilliant on so many levels from the story, to character development, to script, cinematography and editing. It completely conveys the chaos and desperation of trying to escape an oppressive society, that in spite of the ties of family and community, makes life unbearable. Add to that the coming of age man loving man story in a homophobic Cuba and you can see why these two young men have to run away.

The story unfolds, unrolls, runs through myriad streets, chases, alley ways, emotional twists and turns all very organically. That is the talent of the director and editor to capture the texture of the lives of the characters in the life of Cuba.

I'm surprised this film didn't garner notice or awards as far as I could tell.

Definitely worth watching. It's a great example of contemporary neorealism or neo-neorealism! This could have been a film by Passolini.


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