Dir. Ralph Fiennes • 2019 • UK • Drama • 127 mins • Cert 12A
This biopic of Rudolf Nureyev, possibly the greatest ballet dancer of the twentieth century, hinges on a climatic moment in the young dancer’s life.
Sent to Paris as a pawn in the Soviet Union’s plan to show their cultural supremacy, Nureyev refuses to conform, enjoying the dazzling city to its height and enjoying unknown freedoms. But when the authorities clamp down, he is forced to make the ultimate decision.
Beautifully shot on 16mm, director Ralph Fiennes brings period texture and emotional depth to this study of a wildly talented man whose dangerous escape to the west reverberated through the worlds of ballet and international relations.
We’re pleased to be screening short film The Dance Teacher, directed by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, before the main feature. Find out more about our Shorts In The South initiative here.
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