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YULI (2018)

Fiction | 115 Min | Icíar Bollaín | Spain, Cuba, Germany, UK

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Show Date

  • 2019-04-16

Show times

  • 6:30 PM

Film Story

This evening is a fundraiser presented in joint collaboration between The International Performing Arts Foundation and The American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, with special guest star Carlos Acosta.

5:15-6:15PM: VIP Fundraising Cocktail Reception • for VIP ticket holders only
6:00PM: Doors open to General Admission ticket holders
6:30PM: Screening of Yuli
9:30PM: Fiesta Cubana • location disclosed at event for VIP ticket holders only

Yuli tells the story of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, from his beginnings in a poor neighborhood of Havana, to his renowned performances as a global ballet star. Yuli (Carlos’s nickname) is a gifted boy who doesn’t want to be a dancer. After much convincing from his father and the Cuban National School of Ballet, Acosta evolves into an unmatched dancer of his generation. In a stellar, 17-year career at the Royal Ballet in London, Acosta broke stereotypes and brilliantly embodied countless leading roles in famous ballets. Yuli is a film about roots, family, and the sacrifices of dedicating one’s life to art.


Best Screenplay (Ex-aequo) – 2018 San Sebastian International Film Festival

Winner: Audience Award – 2018 Minsk International Film Festival

Section Galas – 40th International Film Festival of Latin American Cinema of Havana

Opening Film: 2019 Chicago Latino Film Festival

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Film Director

Icíar Bollaín made her directorial debut in 1996 with Hola, ¿estás sola? (Hi, Are You Alone?). Next came Flores de otro mundo (Flowers from Another World, 1999), award-winner at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003) harvested two Silver Shells in San Sebastian for its two main characters and seven Goyas, including Best Film. She competed again in San Sebastian with Mataharis (2007). In 2009, También la lluvia (Even the Rain) received 13 Goya nominations and the Panorama award at the Berlinale. In 2014, En tierra extraña (In a Foreign Land) was presented as a Special Screening at San Sebastian. El Olivo (The Olive Tree, 2015) garnered the Best New Actress Goya.

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