The White Crow (12A)

The White Crow

Ralph Fiennes directs this ambitious biopic of the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, whose defection from the USSR to the west stunned the world at the height of the Cold War.

Amid the raging Cold War, Soviet authorities send the world-renowned Kirov Ballet to Paris to demonstrate the cultural refinement behind the Iron Curtain. But one dancer causes a sensation beyond the stage: the electrifying Rudolf Nureyev – who finds himself drawn to the west’s less restrictive culture and, consequently, into a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse with the KGB.

Beautifully shot on 16mm, Fiennes brings period texture and emotional depth to this study of a wildly talented man whose dangerous escape to the west reverberated through the worlds of ballet and international relations.

Starring Ukrainian dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev in his screen debut, plus Sergei Polunin(Dancer) as Nureyev’s roommate Yuri Soloviev, it was inspired by Julie Kavanagh’s biography and scripted by David Hare.

UK/Serbia/France 2018 Dir Ralph Fiennes 122 min

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