Yuli

Showings

Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 4 Mon, Apr 29 6:00 PM
Yuli is the nickname given the streets of a run-down neighborhood in Havana was to Carlos Acosta by his father Pedro. From a young age, Yuli fled any kind of discipline and education; 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.
AMC Mazza Gallerie Theater 3 Tue, Apr 30 6:00 PM
Yuli is the nickname given the streets of a run-down neighborhood in Havana was to Carlos Acosta by his father Pedro. From a young age, Yuli fled any kind of discipline and education; 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.
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre: Global Rhythms
Production Country:Spain/UK/Germany
Original Language:Spanish
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Icíar Bollaín

Description

Based on his autobiography, Yuli portrays Carlos Acosta’s life of resistance and affirmation as a rising arc with jagged edges, full of explosive emotions, love/hate relationships, and, underscoring it all, lush music and elegant, physical dance. In his peak years, Acosta was called the greatest ballet dancer in the world. This charismatic black Cuban was a principal dancer with ballet companies in Havana, London, New York, and Houston. He has since become a choreographer, founded a dance company in Cuba, and been appointed director of the Birmingham, England, ballet. Acosta grew up in an impoverished area near Havana, where his father Pedro taught him to be proud of his slave ancestors. The relentless Pedro pushed Carlos into ballet, which he resisted mightily. He wanted to breakdance and moonwalk and play soccer. Fortunately, ballet school teachers saw in the raw kid a generational talent.—Miguel Pendás