In 1961, a dazzling Rudolph Nureyev travelled to Paris as a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company. Outside the Soviet Union for the first time, Parisian life delights Nureyev and the young dancer is eager to consume all the culture, art and music that the City of Light has to offer. But KGB officers who watch his every move become suspicious of his behaviour and his friendship with the young Parisienne, Clara Saint. When they confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he must make a heart-breaking decision. From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at the Le Bourget airport, “THE WHITE CROW” is the true story of an incredible journey.
“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.” – Rolling Stone
“The White Crow is ultimately a love letter to art.” – El Pais, Spain
The running time is 127 minutes. The film is rated R.