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111 minutes

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M (Offensive language)


Icíar Bollaín


Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Santiago Alfonso, Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez, Laura De la Uz


Andrea Calderwood, Juan Gordon

Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story

The Only Cuban Who Wants to Stay in Cuba

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).

“Crafted with passion, integrity and determination, much like Acosta himself.” – Little White Lies.

“The film-makers’ hearts are in Havana and, yes, their enthusiasm is infectious.” – London Evening Standard

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