Director: Ralph Fiennes
Cast: Oleg Ivenko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Ralph Fiennes, Raphaël Peronnaz
127 minutes, UK, France, 2018, 15A
The third directorial endeavour from actor/director Ralph Fiennes explores the incredible life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most celebrated ballet dancer of the 20th century. The film centres on the events that took place during a trip to Paris in 1961 at the height of the Cold War where the Kirov Opera Ballet were performing, which culminated in Nureyev’s defection to the West.
Moving from this pivotal event back to his impoverished childhood and through to his training under ballet master Pushkin (Fiennes), the film examines Nureyev’s rebellious determination and infamous single-mindedness to overcome all obstacles. Scripted by David Hare, (The Hours, The Reader) this is the story of a fascinating enigma who gave up everything to allow him the freedom to dance.
Fiennes’ accomplished film eschews the self-determinism of most biopics and instead adopts a sensitive art-house approach that draws on the style of European and Russian film-makers. The Review Hub
Telluride Film Festival 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019
…has a vital, unpredictable energy… Wendy Ide, Screen International