Nurejew - The White Crow FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2019 - Spotlight
Rio Filmpalast, Kino 1, München (Details)
After focusing on the life and times of a Roman general in CORIOLANUS (2011), loosely adapted from Shakespeare, and on Charles Dickens's affair with an 18-year-old actress in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (2013), Ralph Fiennes turns to the story of Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in his third film as director. Basing his work on a screenplay by David Hare, Fiennes casts light on a pivotal moment in Nureyev's career, when Leningrad's Kirov Ballet performed in Paris during the Cold War. As a member of the ensemble, Nureyev eagerly attends rehearsals, but he also uses the breaks between them to explore the city and find inspiration in the art exhibited in its museums. In the company of a Chilean acquaintance, Clara Saint, he enjoys the permissive night life of the city's jazz clubs. Occasional black-and-white flashbacks give an impression of Nureyev's childhood and his eventual interest in dance. A complex portrait of an artist emerges in which Fiennes himself plays the part of renowned ballet master Alexander Ivanovich Pushkin. As his instructor, he not only takes Nureyev under his wing, but also invites him into his home, derailing the Pushkins' marriage. In this character, who corrects his pupils' posture with measured calmness, one recognizes the director, who guides his leading actor, Ukrainian ballet dancer and cinematic newcomer Oleg Ivenko, to an authentic performance. At the same time, a compact impression of the Cold War era emerges: when Nureyev, under constant surveillance by Soviet agents, decides he doesn't want to turn his back on a life in Paris, the film turns into an exciting political thriller. Outsiders, we're told at the beginning, are known as ""white crows"". Nureyev no longer wants to go back into the cage of his communist home country. He wants to be free, to fly.
Vereinigtes Königreich, Frankreich 2018
Regie: Ralph Fiennes
FSK: ab 18 (keine FSK)
russisch, englisch, französisch (OmdU)