Yuli

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Showings

St. Anthony Main Theatre 1 Thu, Apr 4 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$65.00
Members:$50.00
Film Info
Programs:Special Presentations
Women & Film
Tags:Drama
Latino/Hispanic/Iberian
Women Directors
Dance
Music
Adaptation
True Story
Literary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:104 min
Country/Region:Spain
Cuba
Germany
United Kingdom
Language:Spanish
English
Print Source:The Match Factory
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v51TIHSJbk
Cast/Crew
Director:Icíar Bollaín
Producer:Andrea Calderwood
Juan Gordon
Cinematographer:Alex Catalán
Screenwriter:Paul Laverty
Editor:Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Composer:Alberto Iglesias
Principal Cast:Carlos Acosta
Santiago Alfonso
Keyvin Marti´nez
Edilson Manuel Olbera Nu´n~ez
Laura De La Uz
Yerli´n Pe´rez
Mario Sergio Eli´as
Andrea Doimeadi´os
Ce´sar Domi´nguez
He´ctor Noas
Carlos Enrique Almirante

Description

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION AND PARTY

Special Opening Night Ticket includes Film, complimentary champagne and popcorn, and After-Party

This can’t-miss night begins with the Opening Night Feature Presentation of the 38th MSP International Film Festival, YULI. Directed by the Basque director Iciar Bollain, this dazzling film tells the story of Cuban ballet sensation Carlos Acosta, known as Yuli, and his captivating rise from a life on the streets of Havana to lead dancer with London’s Royal Ballet. Special guests will be in attendance. Popcorn and champagne for all.

After the film, make your way to Jefe Urban Hacienda to enjoy vibrant live music from Minneapolis’ own Salsa del Soul and a spread of Jefe’s famous street-style tacos. Mingle and dance away with fellow filmgoers and guests over handcrafted cocktails and special house-made sangrias as we celebrate the launch of MSPIFF 2019.

SYNOPSIS

Yuli is the nickname given to Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta by his father Pedro (played here by renowned choreographer Santiago Alfonso) during his wild youth on the streets of a run-down neighborhood in Havana. From a young age, Yuli rebels against any kind of restraint as he dreams of soccer stardom. But Pedro knows his son has natural talent and forces him to attend Cuba's National Dance School. Despite his initial lack of discipline, Yuli ends up being captivated by the world of dance and his teachers delight in his ability.

Soon declared one of the best dancers of his generation, he becomes the first black artist to dance Romeo at the Royal Ballet in London, where he forges a legendary career as a principal dancer for 17 years. Director Iciar Bollain and writer Paul Laverty cleverly find a structure where Acosta intermittently plays himself on screen and narrates his past history through movement in between scenes of young actors recreating it.

Director Biography

Iciar Bollain

Icíar Bollaín is a Spanish director, actress and screenwriter. In 1983, she was cast in the film El Sur. In 1995, she made her debut as a director with the film Hi, Are You Alone? She is known for Flowers From Another World (99), Take My Eyes (03), Even the Rain (10), and The Olive Tree (16).

Party

Thursday, April 4 | 9:00pm - Midnight
Jefe Urban Hacienda | 219 SE Main St, Minneapolis
Admission included with Opening Night Presentation Ticket

After the film, make your way to Jefe Urban Hacienda to enjoy vibrant live music from Minneapolis’ own Salsa del Soul and a spread of Jefe’s famous street-style tacos. Mingle and dance away with fellow filmgoers and guests over handcrafted cocktails and special house-made sangrias as we celebrate the launch of MSPIFF 2019.


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