Foyle Intercultural Festival

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

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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. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished and abandoned Havana. His father, however, has other ideas, and 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 his 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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  • Runtime
    115 minutes
  • Country
    Spain, Cuba, United Kingdom, Germany
  • Rating
  • Director
    Iciar Bollain
  • Cast
    Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez