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Yuli - the Carlos Acosta Story

  • 2018
  • Iciar Bollain
  • 111 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This biopic about ground-breaking Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta takes its title from his family nickname. As a boy from a working-class background, Acosta wasn't keen on attending ballet classes, fearing ridicule from his mates, but his lorry-driver dad insisted on him attending Havana's leading dance academy. Noted Spanish director Iciar Bollain (Take My Eyes) takes an enterprising approach to her subject's rags-to-riches trajectory, with Acosta himself, now a top choreographer, putting together an autobiographical show recounting his memories through dance. That intercuts with more conventional dramatised highlights, with exuberant Edilson Manuel Olbera portraying Acosta during his turbulent boyhood and a more stolid Keyvin Martinez essaying his international breakthrough. To be fair, it's a slightly fragmented journey, but the onus on telling the story through movement is distinctive and effective. The highlight, though, is key archive footage of Acosta himself in his dancing prime, as the first black Romeo to perform with London's Royal Ballet. His grace, athleticism and sheer star quality make it evident why he's worth a movie of his own.

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Credits

Cast

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Carlos AcostaCarlos Acosta
Pedro AcostaSantiago Alfonso
Carlos Acosta, as a young manKeyvin Martinez
Carlos Acosta, as a boyEdilson Manuel Olbera
CheryLaura de la Uz

Crew

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DirectorIciar Bollain

Details

Theatrical distributor
Modern Films
Released on
2019-04-12
Formats
Colour
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