The director Icíar Bollaín presents the story of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend on the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles. A dancer who did not want to dance.

Director:

Icíar Bollaín

Writers:

Paul Laverty, Carlos Acosta (autobiography "No Way Home")
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Credited cast:
Carlos Acosta ... Carlos Acosta (actual)
Santiago Alfonso Santiago Alfonso ... Pedro Acosta
Keyvin Martínez Keyvin Martínez ... Carlos Acosta (joven)
Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez ... Carlos Acosta (niño)
Laura De la Uz Laura De la Uz ... Maestra Chery
Yerlín Pérez Yerlín Pérez ... María
Mario Elias Mario Elias ... Mario (as Mario Segio Elías)
Andrea Doimeadiós Andrea Doimeadiós ... Berta (as Andrea Doimeadíos)
Cesar Domínguez Cesar Domínguez ... Opito (as César Domínguez)
Yailene Sierra ... Profesora 1
Héctor Noas Héctor Noas ... Guía
Carlos Enrique Almirante Carlos Enrique Almirante ... Enrique
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betiza Bismark Calderón Betiza Bismark Calderón ... Marilín
Mario Guerra Mario Guerra
Alexandra Prokhorova
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Storyline

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 behavior, 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. Written by AnonymusB

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Interresting biopic
24 February 2021 | by miguel-reis-1See all my reviews

This energetic account of the life of the electrifying Cuban never shies away from the truth about his tough upbringing


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Spain | Cuba | UK | Germany

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (Spain) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,072,661
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2.35 : 1
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