Inspired by Julie Kavanagh's book 'Rudolf Nureyev: The Life', Ralph Fiennes brings the story of legendary Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev to the big screen in The White Crow. Towards the end of last year there was a documentary called Nureyev which was generally received well by critics, although early reviews for Feinnes' film have not been too kind. This is the actor's third time behind the camera, following on from The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus. Watch the first trailer for The White Crow to get a first look.
A young man of just 22, dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, is on an aeroplane flying from St Petersburg to Paris. It is 1961 and Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of legend, is a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company, travelling for the first time outside the Soviet Union. Parisian life delights Nureyev and the young dancer is eager to consume all the culture, art and music the dazzling city has to offer.
But the KGB officers who watch his every move become increasingly suspicious of his behaviour and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint. When they finally confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger.
Fiennes also stars in the film, with Oleg Ivenko in the lead role and Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Chulpan Khamatova all in support.
The White Crow flies into UK cinemas on March 22nd.