by Icíar Bollaín



Yuli is the nickname given the streets of a run-down neighborhood in Havana was to Carlos Acosta by his father Pedro. From a young age, Yuli fled any kind of discipline and education; where he learned most of his schooling. But Pedro knows his son has natural talent and forces him to attend Cuba’s National Dance School. Against his will and despite his initial indiscipline,Yuli ends up being captivated by the world of dance, and from childhood he will begin to forge his own legend, as one of the best dancers of his generation, often breaking tabus and becoming the first black artist to dance Romeo in the Royal Ballet in London, where he forged a legendary career as a principal dancer for 17 years.


Iciar Bollain’s debut HI, ARE YOU ALONE? was one of the most watched movies of 1996 in Spain. Flowers From Another World, her second film, was awarded at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival (Best Film in the International Critics’ Week). TAKE MY EYES (2003), which she wrote and directed, won 7 Goyas (Spanish Academy Awards), including Best Film. 2010’s EVENTHE RAIN obtained 13 nominations at the Goya Awards, won the Berlinale’s Panorama Award and was nominated for the EFA Award for Best European Film and was Spain’s 2011 submission to the Academy Awards. THE OLIVETREE (2016) was also Spain’s submission to the Oscars.

2016: The OliveTree (El Olivo)
2011: Katmandu Lullaby (Katmandú, Un Espejo En El Cielo)
2010: EvenThe Rain (También la Lluvia)
2007: Mataharis
2003: Take My Eyes (Te doy mis ojos)
1999: Flowers From Another World (Flores De Otro Mundo)
1995: Hi, Are You Alone? (Hola, ¿Estas Sola?)


Carlos Acosta
Santiago Alfonso
Keyvin Martínez
Edilson Manuel Olbera Núñez
Laura De La Uz
Yerlín Pérez
Mario Sergio Elías
Andrea Doimeadíos
César Domínguez
Héctor Noas
Carlos Enrique Almirante


Director: Iciar Bollain
Scriptwriter: Paul Laverty
Director of Photography: Alex Catalán
Composer: Alberto Iglesias
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Production Designer: Laia Colet
Choreography: María Rovira
Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Juan Gordon
Production Companies: Morena Films, Potboiler Productions
Co-Producers: Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Claudia Calviño, Pau Calpe
Co-Production Companies: Match Factory Productions, Producciones de la 5ta Avenida, Galápagos Media, Hijo de Ogún A.I.E., Yuli Productions Limited
Associate Producers: Merry Colomer, Rachel Dargavel
Executive Producers: Pilar Benito, Gail Egan, Joe Oppenheimer, Mark Bell, Carlos Acosta, Debs Paterson
With Support from: ICAA, EURIMAGES, MBB, FFA

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 104 min.
original languages Spanish, English

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