Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

Saturday 17 Apr 2021 - 5:00pm to Sunday 18 Apr 2021 - 10:00pm

A chronicle of the life and career of the first black guest dancer in London for the Royal Ballet.

As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished and abandoned Havana. Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro, who considers him the son of Ogun, an African god and a fighter. His father, knowing that his son has a natural talent for dance, sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. Despite his repeated escapes and initial poor behavior, the boy is inevitably drawn to the world of dance, and begins to shape his legendary career from a young age, becoming the first black dancer to be cast in some of the most prestigious ballet roles, originally written for white dancers, in companies such as the Houston Ballet or the Royal Ballet in London. Based on Acosta's 2007 UK bestseller autobiography ‘No Way Home’.

Spanish Goya Awards - Best New Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay.

“(T)he onus on telling the story through movement is distinctive and effective. The highlight, though, is key archive footage of Acosta himself in his dancing prime, as the first black Romeo to perform with London's Royal Ballet. His grace, athleticism and sheer star quality make it evident why he's worth a movie of his own.” - Trevor Johnston, Radio Times

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Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez
Spain, Cuba, United Kingdom, Germany