The White Crow
THE WHITE CROW captures the raw physicality and brilliance of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. With his magnetic presence, Nureyev emerged as ballet’s most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas in 1961 in Paris leads him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB, where he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger. 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 by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever. Directed by and featuring Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus) and starring Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev. Special Features: Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of the film and those who knew Nureyev in this compelling collection of special features. Q&A With Cast & Crew Director and actor Ralph Fiennes, star Oleg Ivenko, writer David Hare and producer Gabrielle Tana took part in a Q&A at the UK premiere of The White Crow, where they discussed the inception and production of the film with Edith Bowman. Rudolf Nureyev: The Legend Behind The White Crow A featurette exclusive to home entertainment including clips from the film, behind the scenes footage and commentary from the cast and filmmakers, as well as archival footage of Nureyev performing. Ralph Fiennes & Oleg Ivenko In Conversation Director and star Ralph Fiennes & Oleg Ivenko explore how they brought the characters of Pushkin and Nureyev to life and gave the film as much authenticity as possible. Cast & Crew Interviews A range of interviews featuring actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos & Chulpan Khamatova, screenwriter Sir David Hare, producer Gabrielle Tana, composer Ilan Eshkeri and make-up and hair department head Lizzi Lawson Zeiss. They discuss their roles within the production and their experience of working with Ralph Fiennes and Oleg Ivenko.