‘Una Noche,’ ‘War Witch’ win awards at Tribeca film festival


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NEW YORK — A movie about Cuban teenagers trying to escape the communist island and a film about a child soldier in Africa were the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival award ceremony Thursday night.

‘War Witch,’ Kim Nguyen’s story of a girl conscripted into an African war, won best narrative feature, while Rachel Mwanza, a nonprofessional actress playing the girl, won best actress.


Meanwhile, a jury handed best actor prizes to Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florian for their portrayals of two teenagers who seek to build a raft in Castro’s Cuba in the coming-of-age drama ‘Una Noche’ (One Night).

Florian and another performer in the movie, Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, disappeared on a layover in Miami last week as they were traveling from Havana to New York. They are presumed to be seeking to defect.

Lucy Mulloy, the film’s director, won best new narrative feature director for her film, while the movie took home the best cinematography prize for its images of a Cuba both scenic and harscrabble.

The Tribeca jury handed best documentary feature to ‘The World Before Her,’ Canadian Nisha Pahuja’s look at an Indian beauty pageant.

For a full list of winners visit The Tribeca Film Festival wraps this weekend, when the audience awards will be announced.


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Javier Nunez Florian and Anailin de la Rua de la Torre in ‘Una Noche.’ Credit: Trevor Forest and Shlomo Godder / 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.