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Year: 2018
Original Title: The White Crow
Length: 127 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama
Studios: BBC Films
Distributor: Studio Canal
Age rating: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: March 22 2019

United States: April 26 2019


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'The White Crow' stars Oleg Ivenko in the role of the Russian ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. It is based on the book 'Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanag' and tells the story of the dancer moving from USSR ruled Russia to the West in order to pursue an international career in dance. It was the first defection of a Soviet artist during the Cold War, and it created an international sensation. The movie shows his training when he was a child and the life-changing trip he took to Paris, which led him to seek for asylum there. The reasons why Nureyev chose to defect from the Soviet Union remain ambiguous throughout the film and are not explored, but it follows his journey to this new world. He successfully performed in almost every major dance company in the world, before tragically succumbing to AIDS in 1993.


Cast The White Crow

Oleg Ivenko

Oleg Ivenko

Rudolf Nureyev

Louis Hofmann

Louis Hofmann

Teja Kremke

Sergei Polunin

Sergei Polunin

Yuri Soloviev


Trivia The White Crow

On September 7 2017, Serbia granted citizenship to Ralph Fiennes. Almost twenty years before starting the production of 'The White Crow', Ralph Fiennes fell in love with the biography of Rudolf Nuyérev written by Julia Kavanagh. Despite the years went by, the actor and director always had a craving for the story of the iconic dancer.