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Directed by Iciar Bollaín
Spain, Cuba, UK, Germany
112 minutes
All Ages
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Individual tickets for this film go on sale 8 May
Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta is both star and subject of this moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance, by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín.

A visual treat for ballet fans, Yuli is the inspiring true story of the UK Royal Ballet’s first black dancer, combining a loving account of Acosta’s upbringing in his native Havana with glorious dance sequences that flesh out his life story. Framed by present-day rehearsals for an autobiographical production, Yuli explores Acosta’s impoverished childhood, his early struggles with his monumental talent and his stormy relationship with his father, who was as abusive as he was proud of his son's career. With his legendary grace and power, lovingly depicted here by Bollaín (Take My Eyes), Acosta became world-famous and a longtime principal dancer at the Royal Ballet but never forgot his roots – as demonstrated by the film’s unflinching commentary on racism, classism and politics.

Film can be the most literal of the art forms. It generates a complete and recognisable world... Dance is the opposite, we always have to suspend disbelief. But in 'Yuli', the two complement each other, to warmly tell one of ballet’s great modern success stories.
Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian


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All Ages
Spain, Cuba, UK, Germany
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
Iciar Bollaín
Andrea Calderwood, Juan Gordon
Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Edison Manuel Olvera
Paul Laverty
Alex Catalán
Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Program Strand
First Films Announced
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Distributor: Limelight Distribution
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