The White Crow

19 Feb 2020

Director: Ralph Fiennes



122 min

The White Crow is a thrilling, ambitious biopic of the virtuosic Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev whose defection from the USSR to the west stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. Starring Ukrainian dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev in his screen debut, it was inspired by Julie Kavanagh’s biography and scripted by David Hare. Moving back and forth through time, this evocative film explores Nureyev’s origins and progresses to a stunning finale. 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.

Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 – Nominee for Best Film Award