In “Una Noche,” which opened Friday, Sept. 6 exclusively at Harkins Shea 14, Dariel Arrechaga plays a young man who, accused of assault in Havana, dreams of escaping to Miami. He appeals to his best friend 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.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Mulloy by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the writer/director discusses what she hopes that audiences will take away from “Una Noche” as well as what she took away from it herself.
“I would hope that when people watch the film that they feel transported to Cuba, to Havana and to the world of these three characters in the movie and that they can empathize with their story and understand what they are going through. The day that passes in the movie is a very active, very frantic, very action-packed day. A lot happens.
“The movie will hopefully take you there and keep you with it and keep you kind of following them and feeling for them and understanding them and really feeling involved with their lives on this particular day. I think that the main thing that I want people to really feel is the characters, the emotions that they go through and to kind of empathize with them.
“I am just so happy to have this movie out in the cinemas and that it has been having such a great response. It is incredible for me. This is my first movie and it is just been pretty mind-blowing. To have people come out, see it and respond with positivity and so enthusiastically is a complete inspiration to me. I have been traveling with the movie to different film festivals around the world and it is very moving to see that people in Istanbul and people in Russia and people in India all laugh at the same jokes and really understand what is happening while I was making a film that was so specific to a certain place.
“It is pretty humbling to be able to take your film around and have this little idea that starts out as a dream and see it become a reality. To go out and cast and location scout and really make your fantasy into a reality that other people can share is like magic to me. It is kind of mind-blowing that I able to do that and I'm just so grateful and happy that I been able to make this film.” - Lucy Mulloy