Yuli

Directed by Icíar Bollaín
2018
Spain, Cuba, UK, Germany
112 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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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.

Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 21 - 23: Tickets also available for Yuli at TFF Newcastle.

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Tickets

Sat 8 June
9pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 June
6:15pm
The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Past Event Cancel
Wed 12 June
6pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Features, Latin America
Original Title
Yuli
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Spain, Cuba, UK, Germany
Language
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Director
Icíar Bollaín
Producer
Andrea Calderwood, Juan Gordon
Cast
Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Edison Manuel Olvera
Screenwriter
Paul Laverty
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Dance, Seniors, Women Directors, Politics & Economics, Arts, Biography, Latin America
Company Credits
Distributor: Limelight Distribution ©DeniseGuerra
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