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500 71st St, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134


Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Icíar Bollaín

Country: Germany, Spain, UK
Language: English, Spanish

Running Time: 104min
Film Year: 2018
Category: HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award

Yuli is the life story of ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, told from three distinct vantage points. As the 11th of 11 children in his low-income family, Yuli (as his father Pedro calls him), demonstrates great physical gifts but rebels against any kind of disciplinary studies, preferring to test his survival skills on Havana’s tough streets. Pedro eventually prevails and enrolls Yuli in the Cuban National Ballet School. Despite his initial hesitation, Yuli is quickly swept up in the world of dance and as a teenager begins to forge his own legend. By the time he was 25, he joined the prestigious Royal Ballet in London, where he became an international star, and the Royal Ballet’s first black artist to dance the part of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. At every turn, Yuli’s explosive personal temperament is inseparable from the passion of his artistry.

Interwoven through the story are incredible set pieces of original choreography from a new show that Acosta is directing to tell his own personal story. The breathtaking dance numbers reinforce Acosta’s otherworldly, magnificent talents and anchor the film in a visceral appreciation of his artistry. As it follows the magnificent dancer on his way through school, his first on stage appearances and as London’s Royal Ballet’s principal dancer for 17 years, Yuli proves to be a vibrant biopic not to be missed.


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Director: Icíar Bollaín
Producer: Andrea Calderwood, Juan Gordon
Screenwriter: Paul Laverty
Executive Producer: Pilar Benito, Gail Egan, Joe Oppenheimer, Mark Bell, Carlos Acosta, Debs Paterson
Production Company: Morena Films, Potboiler Productions

Music: Alberto Iglesias
Cinematographer: Alex Catalán
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Cast: Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez, Edilson Manuel Olbera Núñez, Laura De La Uz, Yerlín Pérez, Mario Sergio Elías, Andrea Doimeadíos, César Domínguez, Héctor Noas, Carlos Enrique Almirante

Icíar Bollaín

Icíar Bollaín is an acclaimed Spanish director. She had her feature film debut with Hola, ¿estás sola? (1995) and went on to find international success with films such as Flowers from Another World (1999) (winner of the Critics Week Award at the Cannes Film Festival), Mataharis (2007) and The Olive Tree (2016), all of which were official selections of the Miami Film Festival. Take My Eyes (2003), also an official selection of the Miami Film Festival, took home a total of 7 Goya Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Yuli (2018) had its World Premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay.