Yuli tells the story of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta (who plays himself), from his beginnings in a poor neighbourhood of Havana until becoming the star of one of the biggest ballet companies in the world. Yuli (Carlos's nickname) is a gifted boy who doesn't want to be a dancer but who, forced by his father Pedro, and tutored by the professor and director of the Cuban National School of Ballet, Cherry, will become one of the best dancers of his generation, breaking taboos on becoming the first black dancer to play Romeo at the Royal Ballet in London, where he forged his stellar career and his legend for 17 years.


A wholly original and deeply affecting movie.” - Times

A bodily interpretation of an emotional memory.” - Observer UK

Words that capture not just the pain, hope, loneliness and longing of the Acosta family, but the political climate of late 20th century Cuba.” - The List

***Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2018***
Edinburgh - Buy Tickets Manchester - Free Tickets (pre-book required)


  • October 9, 2019 (6:00pm - Edinburgh)
  • October 10, 2019 (12:00pm - Manchester)


  • Biography / Drama / Dance


  • Icíar Bollaín

Main Cast

  • Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martínez, Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez.

Release Year

  • 2018


  • Mins: 110'