Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Storyis based on the rags-to-renown international career of Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta, and on his 2007 memoir No Way Home, it stars Acosta as himself, looking back over his career in a story hitting every thematic note – family, sacrifice, maleness, black identity, exile and the transforming power of art.
The film follows Acosta - nicknamed Yuli by his father - from growing up on the streets of his native Cuba, through his time at the country’s National Dance School, to performing at London’s prestigious Royal Ballet.
Spanish director Iciar Bollaín (Even the Rain, The Olive Tree) directs with a romantic swagger, unafraid of the odd splash of kitsch; written by Paul Laverty (I Daniel Blake, The Olive Tree).
The film has received critical acclaim internationally (see critic quotes at the end of this email!) and is opening in Australian cinemas on October 31st . You can take a look at the trailer on the official website to get a better feel for the film - https://www.limelightdistribution.co.nz/film/yuli
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