01 hours 51 minutes
- Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Santiago Alfonso
- Icíar Bollaín
- Biography, Coming Soon, Now Showing
- October 10, 2019
- English, Spanish
YULI is 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.
★★★★★ “The genius in the film is in how each section feeds each other, and indeed needs each other (the dance comments on the drama, and vice versa), and produces a wholly original and deeply affecting movie” (The Times UK)