Screening: “Yuli” (on Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta)


Yuli, the film inspired by the life of Cuban principal dancer Carlos Acosta, will be screened three times in Havana theaters during the 40th International Film Festival of Havana. The film—winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival—will be screened at the Karl Marx Theater, on Friday, December 7, followed by a special gala. It will be screened at the Yara Theater on December 9, at 10:30pm, and on December 10, at 3:00pm.

The film has received high praise by the spectators in its international presentations and film critics have called it “luminous,” “emotional,” and “dazzling.” It was directed by Catalan filmmaker Icíar Bollaín, and it is based on a screenplay by Paul Laverty; the cinematography is by Alex Catalán, music by Alberto Iglesias, and it includes stellar performances by Carlos Acosta, Laura de la Uz, Santiago Alfonso, Kevin Martínez, and Edilson Manuel Olbera, along with the participation of the Acosta Danza Company.

Born in Havana in 1973, Carlos Acosta has danced in companies such as the Houston Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, and the Royal Ballet of London, where he has been Principal Dancer for more than 15 years. In 2015, he founded his company, Acosta Danza, in Havana.

[Translated by Ivette Romero. See the original (in Spanish) at]

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