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NZIFF - Yuli

When:

Sat 14 Sep 2019, 3:30pm–5:10pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $17.50
  • Child (15 years & Under): $12.00
  • Students/Nurses/Community Service Cards: $15.00
  • Friends of the Museum/Senior Citizen (65+): $13.00
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Listed by: MTG Hawkes Bay

Moving between fiction and reality, and harnessing the power of both drama and dance, Cuban ballet dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta shares his life story, from a barely interested kid to one of the greats.

This adventurous depiction of the life and success of ballet dancer Carlos Acosta glides between childhood re-enactments and scenes of Acosta directing fellow dancers in artistically interpreted moments from his life. Director Icíar Bollaín mixes crowd-pleasing biopic conventions with a range of clever filmmaking techniques, affording the real Acosta the stage to convey his own history, expressed indelibly through the language of movement.

“This energetic, emotionally reflective movie follows the rise of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta from scrappy juvenile tearaway to ballet superstar… Acosta even makes an appearance, playing himself now, in Cuba to put on a show about his life – a clever move by [screenwriter Paul] Laverty to include some electrifying performances… In a reverse of the Billy Elliot story, it’s his dad Pedro (Santiago Alfonso), who drags Carlos kicking and screaming to Havana’s state ballet school to get him off the streets… Ballet is his ticket out of poverty, but his loneliness at being separated from his family is agonising, even as he notches up accolades… This isn’t one of those biopics that rearranges a life to hide the ugly awkward bits.” — Cath Clarke, The Guardian

Spain/UK/Germany 2018
Director: Icíar Bollaín
In Spanish and English, with English subtitles
104 minutes/CinemaScope

Tickets are available online through Ticketek, from the front desk at MTG or the box office at the Napier Municipal Theatre. Door sales will also be available at the MTG Century Theatre one hour prior to the screening.

Rating: M Unrestricted. Recommended more suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival.

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