SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER: JURY PRIZE, SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018
A visual treat for ballet fans, this inspiring true story follows UK Royal Ballet’s first black dancer, Carlos Acosta, combining a loving account of his upbringing in his native Havana with glorious dance sequences that flesh out his life story.
We follow 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.
Acosta's legendary grace and power are lovingly depicted here by Icíar Bollaín (The Olive Tree, Take My Eyes). Acosta, although world-famous, never forgot his roots – as demonstrated by the film’s unflinching commentary on racism, classism and politics.
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