Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

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Certificate: 15
Length: 111 mins
Director: Iclar Bollain
Cast: Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Carlos Acosta changed dance forever when he became the first black principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. Born in Cuba, travelling to London and becoming one of the most celebrated performers of our times, this film captures both his incredible life story and footage of Acosta himself interpreting his history through dance.

With beautiful recreations of Cuba under Castro, and with a script from Paul Laverty, the writer of I, Daniel Blake, we follow young Acosta as he bridles against a strict training regime to discover his own voice and unique talent, making sense of himself in the unfamiliar world of London. A stunning tribute to the power of dance.

“The genius in the film is in how each section feeds each other, and indeed needs each other (the dance comments on the drama, and vice versa), and produces a wholly original and deeply affecting movie.” ★★★★ – Times

“What’s perhaps surprising given the insider involvement from Acosta is the film’s insight and emotional generosity that extends even to overbearing Pedro.” ★★★ – Guardian

“Fandom of, or even familiarity with, Acosta’s work isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying a film that, accurately or otherwise, shapes his life story into a classical rags-to-riches (or at least street-to-stage) arc.” – Variety