Based on the autobiography of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, YULI recounts the dancer's upbringing in Cuba, his path to Cuba's National Ballet School, his move to the Royal Ballet in London and his relationship with his father, his family and his country. Directed by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín (EVEN THE RAIN, THE OLIVE TREE), scripted by BAFTA-winning writer Paul Laverty (I, DANIEL BLAKE) and starring Carlos Acosta as himself, YULI tells the inspirational true story of a taboo-breaking artist who became the Royal Ballet's first black Romeo, forged a legendary career as a principal dancer there and went on to become a choreographer, producer, author, actor and Birmingham Royal Ballet's company director. "A flamboyantly affirmative true story that's bound to have balletophiles and biopic fans reaching for their hankies." – Jonathan Romney, Screen. Winner, Jury Prize for Best Screenplay (Paul Laverty), 2018 San Sebastián International Film Festival. DIR Icíar Bollaín; SCR Paul Laverty, from the autobiography "No Way Home" by Carlos Acosta; PROD Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Juan Gordon. Cuba/Spain/UK/Germany, 2018, color, 115 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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Co-presented with SPAIN arts & culture and Spanish Cinema Now (June 14-16).
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