After disappearing en route to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Cuban actors Javier Nuñez Florian and Anailin de la Rua, both 20, emerged from hiding Friday night and announced to a Miami Spanish-language television station that they are seeking asylum in the U.S., reports the BBC. It’s a case of art imitating life as the actors were heading to Tribeca to promote Una Noche, which centers on a group of Cubans who dream of fleeing their country to live in Miami. Una Noche won several awards last Thursday night at the festival, including the Best Actor trophy for Nuñez (who shared it with Dariel Arrechada).
Nuñez and de la Rua were traveling with producer Sandy Perez Aguila. They told him they would meet him at the departure gate and never showed. Perez alerted police, who told him to wait 24 hours before filing a report. When he arrived in New York, he found that the actors’ suitcases were empty. The actors’ Miami-based immigration lawyer said he would file on the basis of possible persecution should the actors return to the homeland. De la Rua told America TeVe, “There’s no future in Cuba.”
Una Noche also picked up the awards for Best Cinematography (Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder) and Best New Narrative Director (Lucy Mulloy) last Thursday night. Jurors in the cinematography competition said the film “reveals a Havana we could never otherwise see, in its jumble of vibrant life, decay, and making do.”