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Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story (15) + Q&A Live from the Royal Opera House


Carlos Acosta broke boundaries and became the first black Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story is a film inspired by his life.

This event combines a special screening of the film followed by a live-streamed Q&A with the director, screenwriter and Acosta himself. 

The film is based on Acosta's autobiography, No Way Home: a Cuban Dancer's Story. It shows him growing up in Cuba, becoming a dancer and moving to London. The film follows his relationship with his father, who gave him the nickname Yuli, and encouraged him to leave his country and forge a career on the international stage.

Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake), the film won best screenplay at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and received five nominations for the Spanish ‘Goya’ awards including Best New Actor for Carlos Acosta, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Spain/Cuba/UK/Germany 2018 Dir Iciar Bollaín 115 min

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