Film Details

Cuba / Germany / Spain / UK / 2018 / 104 min.
Directed by Icíar Bollaín
English & Spanish w/ English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Feature

Synopsis

Spanish director Icíar Bollaín (“Even the Rain”) and her partner Paul Laverty (Ken Loach’s longtime collaborator) try something completely different with this adaptation of acclaimed Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta’s autobiography. Yuli, the nickname given to Acosta by his father Pedro, runs wild in the streets of Havana where he participates in dance-offs with other kids. Recognizing Yuli’s natural talent, Pedro forces him to attend Cuba’s National Dance School. Yuli is reluctant at first, but is eventually seduced by this world. Seventeen years later, he would become the first black artist to dance the role of Romeo in the Royal Ballet in London. Combining a straightforward narrative with scenes where Acosta is seen working with his company on choreographies based on his life, “Yuli” is a moving fusion of dance, words and images.

La directora española Icíar Bollaín (“Tras la lluvia”) y su pareja Paul Laverty (colaborador frecuente de Ken Loach) intentan algo completamente diferente en esta adaptación de la autobiografía del bailarín cubano Carlos Acosta. Yuli, el apodo que su padre Pedro le dio, corre en las calles de La Habana, donde participa en competencias improvisadas de baile con otros niños. Reconociendo el talento natural de Yuli, Pedro lo obliga a asistir a la Escuela Nacional de Danza. Yuli se muestra reacio al principio, pero finalmente sucumbe al encanto de este mundo. Diecisiete años después, Acosta será el primer artista negro en bailar el papel de Romeo con el Royal Ballet de Londres. Combinando una narrativa sencilla con escenas dónde Acosta ensaya con su compañía coreografías basadas en su vida, “Yuli” ofrece una explosión de danza, palabras e imágenes.