Synopsis: An extraordinary biopic of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend in the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles. Yuli is Carlos’s nickname. He avoids discipline and education and just wants to be a normal boy – but his father believes in Yuli’s natural talent as a dancer and sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. He was a dancer who did not want to dance! And yet he ended up in dance companies such as the Houston Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London. His story is told both as a straightforward biographical drama and also as an interpretive dance piece. Starring the dancer himself, Acosta is a magnetic force whose charisma and astonishing talent leaps off the screen. His affirmative story superbly articulates experiences of sacrifice, maleness, black identity, exile and the transformative power of art.
Awards: Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” (2018) – Audience Award; Nantes Spanish Film Festival (2019) – Audience Award; San Sebastián International Film Festival (2018) – Best Screenplay; The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema (2019) – Best Original Music