19 November 2013 at 4.25pm | 21 Comments
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Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta’s first feature film will be released in UK cinemas on 29 November.
We have two tickets to the London premiere to give away. For a chance to win, tell us your favourite of Carlos Acosta's dance roles via the comments below, or via Twitter using #CarlosAcosta.
Day of the Flowers, a British comedy directed by the BAFTA award-winning John Roberts, follows two strong-willed Scottish sisters (Charity Wakefield and Eva Birthistle) who travel to Cuba to scatter their late father’s ashes. Carlos plays Tomas, a Cuban dance teacher-turned-tour guide.
‘Carlos was a natural in front of the camera,’ says John. ‘Of course he has great charisma, but he is also very focused and completely held his own along with some experienced actors. It was a pleasure working with him, particularly in his native Cuba.’
For Carlos, the acting experience and meticulous process of filming with retakes was a far cry from the immediacy of live stage performance.
‘I think he found the slowness of the process quite taxing and would often rehearse his ballet moves just off camera,’ continues John. ‘I'd look round and suddenly there was Carlos in full flow and I'd think, "Wow! That's Carlos Acosta - what's he doing here?"’
Day of the Flowers had its premiere at the Edinbugh International Film Festival 2012, and was nominated for Best British Feature Film.
Carlos has also recently released his first fiction novel Pig’s Foot, which was was selected as one of the Waterstones Eleven for the best fiction debuts of 2013. The book, which explores the tumultuous history of Cuba across three generations, is currently available to buy online and in the Royal Opera House Shop.
What is your favourite dance role performed by Carlos?