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Monday April 23, 2012

Cuban Actors Disappear after Arriving in U.S. For Tribeca Film Festival

Cuban Actors Disappear after Arriving in U.S. For Tribeca Film Festival

Photo: Anailin de la Rua and Javier Nuñez Florian

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Two Cuban actors, stars of a film about the adventures of three young people trying to leave Cuba, disappeared over the weekend after setting foot on U.S. soil on their trip from the island to present the movie at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, U.S. media outlets reported.

Anailin de la Rua and Javier Nuñez Florian, both 20, left Cuba with other members of the cast to take part in the premiere of “Una Noche” (One Night) at the famed film festival, The Huffington Post reported.

The two, however, left their colleagues when they made a stopover in Miami, actor Daniel Arrechada, 20, told The Huffington Post.

“I’m here alone in New York,” Arrechada told the online daily, adding that he will definitely be going back to Cuba: “I have my family there, my friends, my girlfriend. Here, I don’t know anyone. Here, I don’t know the way of life. I also don’t know English very well.”

At any rate, he had no wish to judge his fellow actors.

“That’s their choice, you know? That’s their way of thinking. No one is forced to stay. And no one is forced to go back. If you want to stay in the United States, I think, well, stay. If you want to go back, go back. Not all of us have to stay and not all of us have to go back. It’s about what you want to do with your life,” he said.

The online daily said that the British director of the film, Lucy Mulloy, was somewhat “disappointed and surprised by the actors’ decision, but understands it.”

“I really was thinking that they were going to come here and enjoy the festival. They made a decision, I guess,” said Mulloy, who wrote the screenplay for the film after living several months in Cuba and hearing many “stories about people who had left” the island.

“I just hope that they’re safe and well,” Mulloy said.

The filmmaker said she was surprised because “they had all of their family there. But things can be difficult in Cuba. There’s an embargo and so there’s a lot of challenges for people living in Cuba.”

“Una Noche,” a co-production of Cuba, the United States and Britain, is seeking the best narrative prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The movie tells the story of Raul and Elio, two Cuban teenagers who face the difficulties of leaving the island in search of a better life in Miami. The two build a raft but, contrary to their plans, the sister of one of them named Lila chooses to go along with them.