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YULI

by Icíar Bollaín

synopsis

Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro, who considers him the son of Ogun, an African god and a fighter. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished and abandoned Havana. His father, however, has other ideas, and knowing that his son has a natural talent for dance, sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. Despite his repeated escapes and initial poor behaviour, the boy is inevitably drawn to the world of dance, and begins to shape his legendary career from a young age, becoming the first black dancer to be cast in some of the most prestigious ballet roles, originally written for white dancers, in companies such as the Houston Ballet or the Royal Ballet in London.

international title: Yuli
original title: Yuli
country: Spain, Cuba, United Kingdom, Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Icíar Bollaín
release date: ES 14/12/2018
screenplay: Paul Laverty
cast: Andrea Doimeadiós, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Cesar Domínguez, Yerlín Pérez, Laura de la Uz, Santiago Alfonso, Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Mario Elias, Edison Manuel Olvera
cinematography by: Alex Catalán
film editing: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
art director: Laia Colet
costumes designer: Jessica Braun, Celia Ledon
music: Alberto Iglesias
producer: Andrea Calderwood, Juan Gordon
co-producer: Claudia Calviño, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber
executive producer: Pilar Benito
associate producer: Merry Colomer
line producer: Manolo Limón
production: Morena Films, Potboiler Productions, Galápagos Media, Hijo de Ogún A.I.E., Match Factory Productions, Movistar+, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida (CU)
backing: Eurimages, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ES), BBC Films (GB), FFA (DE), Berlin Medienfund (DE)
distributor: Entertainment One - eOne Films Spain