The White Crow
Screening 8 to 14 Aug
In 1961, at age 22, Rudolf Nureyev travels for the first time outside the Soviet Union, joining the esteemed Kirov Ballet Company on a tour to Paris. There he revels in the city's sophistication, gorging himself on the artistic and cultural offerings, and also finds a refreshingly open attitude to sexuality. Nureyev's eagerness to befriend artists in the Parisian scene begins to anger the zealous KGB officers who strictly monitor the dancers. In a stand-off at an airport, Nureyev is faced with a devastating dilemma. Featuring a fantastic central performance by dancer Oleg Ivenko, the film juxtaposes Nureyev's triumphant tour of Paris with flashbacks to his poor childhood, resulting in a fascinating portrait of the complex ballet legend.