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Interview: Lucy Mulloy (Una Noche)

Blood is thicker than water. It’s what keeps the twin protagonists in Lucy Mulloy’s award-winning feature debut from keeling over, and perhaps best describes the uniqueness of belonging to a family of filmmakers who’ve worked diligently, and very much on their own terms. Produced by her BAFTA award-winning brother Daniel (who we’ve previously profiled), filmmaking is not only in her blood, but with Una Noche, the filmmaker exceeded the norms of the conventional indie film route by setting up shop in a socialist, not known for film nation of Cuba. Triple award winner at 2012’s Tribeca Film Festival, the portrait best described in our review as a “slickly paced narrative not only manages to click along with surprising agility, but warmly portrays three adolescents as they take action to pursue a courageous and dangerous dream for a better life.

In our interview with the filmmaker, we find out how her five-year labor of love was comprised of several trips Havana (including a full year of active character development) and in the end, would see her actor set mimic the actions of their own characters. The interview took place just prior to its theatrical launch (IFC Films) – Una Noche opens in Los Angeles this weekend. Here’s our sit-down with Lucy Mulloy.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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