The White Crow

Opens Friday, May 10
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2hr 07mins // directed by:Ralph Fiennes // featuring:Oleg Ivenko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Ralph Fiennes // DCP // CC, AD, Assisted Listening

In 1961, a dazzling Rudolf Nureyev arrives in Paris and makes a choice that changes his life forever.

Ralph Fiennes's The White Crow was inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh. The drama charts the iconic dancer's famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Fiennes directs from a script by David Hare (The Hours). Acclaimed dancer Oleg Ivenko stars as Nureyev, alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos as Clara Saint, and Fiennes as Russian ballet coach Alexander Pushkin. Also featured are ballet-world enfant terrible Sergei Polunin, Chulpan Khamatova, Olivier Rabourdin, Raphaël Personnaz and Louis Hofmann.

"It's astonishing that this is Ivenko's first movie role, because he projects Nureyev's drive, seductiveness, intellectual curiosity, imperiousness, vulnerability, and mercurial temper with a naturalism that seems effortless." — Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader


"Director Ralph Fiennes makes this hypnotic look into the young life of controversial ballet icon Rudolph Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) a thing of bruised beauty and an exhilarating gift." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone