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Cuban ‘Una Noche’ stars have happy ending


Though they play brother and sister in Una Noche, out Friday, Anailín de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Núñez Florián are very much an item.

The leads fell in love in the movie, filmed in their homeland of Cuba, and are expecting twins. They have since defected and are staying with her relatives in Miami.

The two 21-year-olds appeared at Paragon Grove theater Tuesday night for a special event put on by the Miami International Film Festival, and you could see a small bump in de la Torre’s tight, red dress.

On the big screen, the young couple, along with fellow newcomer Dariel Arrechaga, plot their escape to Miami and set out in a small vessel. The title (“One Night”) refers to their harrowing journey that has tragic circumstances.

But the two costars got a happy ending.

“I’d never been in a movie before,” said Núñez Florián, “so this is especially exciting for me. Plus I met my girlfriend!”

The entire cast of newcomers was discovered by the film’s British director Lucy Mulloy in Havana.

“We printed up flyers and did a huge casting of around 2,000 people,” she explained. “We went to bars, concerts, parties, beaches, anywhere to find teenagers. The word of mouth ran wild.”

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Adriana De Moura is using her exhibitionist tendencies for a cause near to heart: Lolita, a 48-year-old orca who has been at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970.

De Moura can relate. At 47, they’re almost the same age.

The Miami “Housewife” posed in her toned birthday suit in a bathtub for an ad on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, in order to get Lolita released. The ad asks, “Could you live in a tub for 40 years?”

Miami Seaquarium responded in a statement: “PETA’s latest ‘celebrity in the nude’ photo is simply the latest attempt by this organization to generate free publicity and media attention.” It also said moving the whale to open waters would be a “reckless and cruel” “experiment.”

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