Two Cuban actors who defect to the US in their new film have allegedly defected to the US while en route to the premiere of the film at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Well, they do say life imitates art.
All three of the film's stars -- Anailin de la Rua de la Torre, Javier Nunez Florian and Dariel Arrechaga -- were expected to appear at New York's Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere. But Torre and Florian, both 19, were nowhere to be found the night of the event.
"Only Dariel Arrechada attended the Tribeca Film Festival premiere screening of 'Una Noche' on Thursday, April 19," a spokeswoman for the Tribeca Film Festival said in a statement. "We have not had any contact with Anailin de la Rua de la Torre or with Javier Nunez Florian."
Tammie Rosen, spokeswoman for the festival, confirmed to ABCNews.com that all of the actors were invited to the festival.
"We can't say for sure what the status of these guys are," Katie Tichacek Kaplan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), told ABCNews.com. "There are a number of things they could be thinking. We just don't know what their plans are."
The film's writer and director, Lucy Mulloy, apparently had no clue - as she told The Huffington Post, "I really was thinking that they were going to come here and enjoy the festival, and I thought they would love to participate in it. They made a decision, I guess ... I just hope that they're safe and well."
According to a state department official, "We are aware of the reports but we don't have any further information. We have not been in contact with the film festival organizers or the Cuban actors."