I talked with Mulloy about the Una Noche, her working relationship with Spike Lee, her experiences as a female filmmaker, the importance of representation and what made her, a British director, so keen on telling a Cuban story.
Directors give up on plot or accept clichés in order to stay closer to their social missions. It seems that protests are more potent through fiction, and documentaries are more effective through storytelling. Tribeca 2012 is a docudrama festival.
I have always been fascinated by Cuba's history. So when I sat to interview Lucy Mulloy about her film Una Noche (the movie about three teenagers trying to flee Cuba for the greener pastures), my first question was: Why Cuba?
Did the actors follow the script too closely? Actors Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian disappeared after their plane landed in Miami last week. They appear to have defected. Was life imitating art?