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Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

Synopsis
Yuli is based on Acosta’s autobiography ‘No Way Home, A Cuban Dancer’s Story’. It is his own story about growing up in Cuba, becoming a dancer, moving to London and his relationship with his father, his family and his country.
Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father Pedro. From a young age, Yuli fled any kind of discipline and education; the streets of a run-down neighbourhood in Havana was where he learned most of his schooling. But Pedro knows his son has natural talent and forces him to attend Cuba’s National Dance School.
Against his will and despite his initial indiscipline, Yuli ends up being captivated by the world of dance, and from childhood he will begin to build his own legend, as one of the best dancers of his generation, often breaking boundaries and becoming the first black Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in London, where he forged a legendary 17-year career.
Language
Spanish (Spain - Modern)
Country
Spain
Year of production
2018
Subjects
Dance
Keywords
ballet; Cuba; Acosta, Carlos (1973-)

Credits

Director
Iciar Bollain
Screenplay
Paul Laverty
Contributor
Carlos Acosta

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
115 minutes
Year
2019

Production Company

Name

Morena Films

Distributor

 

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