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Perth Film Society presents

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story I Online via Modern Films I 1h 55 min; Cert. 15, filmed in Spanish and English with subtitles

Director Icíar Bollaín presents the story of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend in the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles. A dancer who did not want to dance.

Born in 1973 as the 11th child in an extremely poor family, from one of the poorest districts of Havana, Carlos’ father wanted freedom for the son he nicknamed Yuli. Because Carlos showed a natural talent for dance, Pedro sent him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. From there, he became the first black dancer in some of the most prestigious ballet roles in top rank companies such as the Royal Ballet.

Acosta is known as much for his stunning athleticism and emotional depth as his dancing, and riveting dance sequences from his career are woven into this film of his life. Bold directing, combined with honest and heartfelt writing, make for a truly compelling watch.

Yuli received 4 wins and 14 nominations at international award ceremonies throughout 2018 and 2019. These include winning Best Screen Play at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Film at the Nantes Spanish Film Festival, and the Platino Award for Best Original Music in Iberoamerican Cinema.

The event will include a Q&A conversation recorded live from the Royal Opera House, London after the film’s premiere in April 2019. The conversation, which lasts for about 50 minutes, is hosted by Anna Smith, talking with director Icíar Bollaín, screenwriter Paul Laverty, producer Andrea Calderwood, as well as last, but by no means least – Carlos Acosta himself!

£3 per device

Ticket booking closes at 5pm on the night of the film, so make sure you book in advance.

How it works

The screening takes place on Modern Films. You do not need to download any software and, once your ticket is booked, the link and joining details will be sent to you on the day of the screening.

We will send you a reminder email 24 hours before the screening.

On the day of the screening we will send an email with joining links and password. If you have not received anything by 6pm, firstly check your junk folder, then contact Perth Film Society giving your phone number:

About ten minutes before the 7.30pm screening, click on the Modern Films url and, when asked, input your email address. You may wish to select not to receive emails from Modern Films. You can then click to open and stream the film.

The Q&A will be accessed via the same page/link as the film. Once logged on at the start, ticket holders will receive two subsequent links - one to stream the film, and one for the Q&A.

The film will only be available for viewing at this specific time on the evening of the performance. The link is strictly non-transferable.

Other Info
Thu 11 Feb: 7:30pm