FILM SCREENING: Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story


Sunday 8 September 2019

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story, 2018
Duration: 1hr 55 mins
Rating: 15

Featuring breathtaking archival and new dance footage, Yuli chronicles the story of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta based on his memoir No Way Home. Carlos is a legend in the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles but the film is about more than dance, it captures the pride, frustration and contradictions of living in Castro’s Cuba and the harrowing decisions to be made between freedom and family. Acosta stars not only as himself but as his own father.

Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake), the film won best screenplay at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and received five nominations for the Spanish ‘Goya’ awards including Best New Actor for Carlos Acosta, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

‘Ballet and film complement each other perfectly in a biopic of the superstar dancer that captures life under Castro’s rule’. Lyndsey Winship, dance critic, The Guardian

‘Acosta’s archival performance footage is breathtaking’. Courtney Escoyne, Dance magazine

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story is being shown as part of our Movement weekend.

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