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Havana Film Festival to Show Film on Star Cuban Ballet Dancer

  • Film on Carlos Acosta, the renowned Cuban ballet dancer, will be shown at Havana Film Festival in New York.

    Film on Carlos Acosta, the renowned Cuban ballet dancer, will be shown at Havana Film Festival in New York. | Photo: Reuters

Published 18 March 2019

"Yuli" a film on the celebrated Ballet dancer from Cuba, Carlos Acosta will be showed in Havana Film Festival in New York.

"Yuli", a film inspired by the life of Carlos Acosta, the famous Cuban ballet dancer will be showed in the Havana Films Festival in New York on April 16. The film will mark the closure of the festival in the United States.


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Organized by the International Performing Arts Foundation and the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, the closing ceremony will see the participation of Catalan filmmaker and director of Yuli, Icar Bollain.

"Yuli", named after Acosta’s nickname given by his father is based on the dancer’s autobiography “No Way Home” which shows his rise as a ballet dancer and eventually performing as the first Black Romeo at the Royal Ballet.

Acosta was born in 1973. To “discipline” him, Acosta’s father enrolled him at the Cuban National Ballet School, a state-funded school.  He received his training for free at the school which is recognized as one of the best ballet school in the world.

The film which boasts of impressive dance, music, and cinematography is considered as a tribute to Havana.

Edilson Manuel Olbera Nuñez plays the child Acosta and Mario Sergio Elias from Acosta Danza company portrays the young Carlos. Acosta played the older version himself.

The film festival will take place from April 5 to April 16. The platform will allow directors, actors, and producers the opportunity to exchange ideas, enrich, and expand the vision of Latin American culture. It is being organized with the collaboration of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana and will showcase works of filmmakers from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

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