25 April 2012 - 04H22
AFP - A Cuban director failed to show up at a press conference after two
of her actors mysteriously disappeared en route to a New York film festival.
The two young actors were scheduled to attend a screening of the movie
"Una Noche" at New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night, in an
odd case of life imitates art.
The movie is about three teenaged Cuban boat people who want to defect
to the United States.
On the way to New York from Havana, actress Anailin de la Rua de la
Torre and co-star Javier Nunez Florian disappeared during a stopover at
Miami International Airport and have not been seen since.
Director Lucy Mulloy and Dariel Arrechada, the only actor who made it to
the film festival, were scheduled to appear Tuesday a press conference
on Latin American and Spanish films organized by the Cervantes Institute
in New York.
And after the no-show, neither they nor their publicist responded to
telephone and e-mail inquiries.
Tribeca Film Festival organizers told AFP they had no contact with the
two missing actors.
Officials from two Cuban exile organizations in Miami, Democracy
Movement and the Cuban Democratic Directorate, said they did not know
the whereabouts of the young actors.
Mulloy said Monday that she was surprised by the actors' disappearance.
"I really was thinking that they were going to come here and enjoy the
festival, and I thought they would love to participate in it," Mulloy
told The Huffington Post.
"Una Noche" is Mulloy's first movie, focusing on the misadventures of
the young people as they plan to cross the 140 miles from Cuba to
Florida. It features the lives of poor Cubans who see little future for
themselves from the Western perspective of progress.
The film, which was co-produced with American and British contributions,
is competing at the Tribeca Film Festival.