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The White Crow (12A)

Inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh and adapted for screen by David Hare, 'The White Crow' tells of Soviet ballet star Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West in Paris, 1961, skilfully sketching in his past life via flashbacks of childhood and early manhood as a tempestuous young student in Leningrad.

Dance is represented as a transcendental experience of success, of leaving behind the past and reinventing the future. Like Billy Elliot’s defection from his working-class childhood, Nureyev’s flight involves crises of loyalty with family and community. These struggles are, however, a little enigmatic and opaque with Rudolf, as portrayed by the Ukrainian ballet star and first-time actor Oleg Ivenko. Ralph Fiennes directs and gives a performance of spaniel-eyed sadness as Nureyev’s dance teacher and mentor Alexander Pushkin, with whose wife Xenia (Chulpan Khamatova), Nureyev is to have a sentimental education.

This event is screened in Oscars and spaces are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.