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Berwick Film Society: Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

The memoirs of superlative Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta (“Yuli”) form the core of this captivating feature film, written by Paul Laverty (I Daniel Blake) and directed by Icíar Bollaín (The Olive Tree, Even the Rain).

Reluctantly obeying his volatile father’s insistence that he train hard throughout his youth and fulfil the potential to be the first black dancer to perform ballet’s most famous roles, Acosta later went on to become Principal Dancer with Cuba’s National Ballet and then with The Royal Ballet, London.

With insight into the conflictive experiences of growing up in Cuba, interwoven with bursts of inspirational dance demonstrating the dynamic talents of the Acosta Danza ensemble today, Yuli blends physical creativity, heartfelt filmmaking and a compelling life story into a unique biopic.

“[Yuli] gives clarity and context to the dance, while the dance gives the story texture, a touch of the intangible and a chance to luxuriate in the moment” Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

“Heartbreakingly perfect” Kevin Maher, The Times
Cast: Carlos Acosta, Edilson Manuel Olbera Núñez, Mario Sergio Elías, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez
Director: Icíar Bollaín
Year: 2018
Genres: Berwick Film Society
The Maltings is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194