THE WHITE CROW
Starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes’ film tells the exhilarating story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West, capturing both his exquisite talents and the era’s explosive political situation.
In 1961, at age 22, Nureyev travels for the first time outside the Soviet Union, joining the esteemed Kirov Ballet Company on a tour to Paris. There he revels in the city’s sophistication, gorging himself on the artistic and cultural offerings, and also finds a refreshingly open attitude to sexuality. Nureyev’s eagerness to befriend artists in the Parisian scene begins to anger the zealous KGB officers who strictly monitor the dancers. In a stand-off at an airport, Nureyev is faced with a devastating dilemma. Featuring a fantastic central performance by dancer Oleg Ivenko, the film juxtaposes Nureyev’s triumphant tour of Paris with flashbacks to his poor childhood, resulting in a fascinating portrait of the complex ballet legend.
“Lovely, elegant…an impressive, dance-heavy biopic that focusses on Nureyev’s childhood, training and life-changing visit to Paris as part of the Kirov Ballet, culminating in his decision to seek asylum in France.” – Variety
English and Russian with English subtitles
M – Coarse language and nudity
Dates & Times
Saturday 17 August 2019 at 7pm
Saturday 24 August 2019 at 2:30pm