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Ralph Fiennes' 'The White Crow' lands UK deal with Studiocanal (exclusive)

HanWay inks further territories on Rudolf Nureyev drama.

Studiocanal has bought UK rights for The White Crow, Ralph Fiennes’ thriller about Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.

HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales and co-financed the feature with BBC Films and Rogue Black. The film recently premiered at Telluride and will play as a Gala at the BFI London Film Festival next month.

HanWay has also struck a raft of new territory deals on the title: Alamode (Germany), DeAplaneta (Spain), E1, Praesens (Switzerland), Nos Lusomundo (Portugal), Odeon (Greece), Discovery
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Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’

  • Variety
Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’
Why did world-famous Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defect? That’s the question I found myself Googling immediately after seeing Ralph Fiennes’ lovely, elegant, and curiously opaque “The White Crow,” an impressive, dance-heavy biopic which focuses on Nureyev’s childhood, training, and life-changing visit to Paris as part of the Kirov Ballet, culminating in his decision to seek asylum in France. For all its pleasures — among them generous helpings of dance and a true-life East-meets-West intrigue to rival fictive Cannes favorite “Cold War” — the film remains maddeningly ambiguous about his motives for cutting ties with the Soviet Union.

Of course, some things we can never know, although in this case, it feels like more of a creative choice than a historical one, leaving culture-savvy art-house audiences something to ponder after a classy — and respectfully sexy — night at the movies. Such crowds are presumably familiar with the reputation Nureyev made for himself over the subsequent decades,
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Sony Classics Buys Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Biopic ‘The White Crow’

  • Variety
Sony Pictures Classics has bought rights in North America and many foreign markets to Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev biopic “The White Crow.”

In a deal announced Monday, Sony Classics also acquired rights to Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Benelux from HanWay Films.

The White Crow” is based on the book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh.” Fiennes directed from a script by David Hare. HanWay Films, which is handling worldwide sales, also co-financed the film together with BBC Films and Rogue Black.

Oleg Ivenko stars as Nureyev, alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos as Clara Saint, and Fiennes as Russian ballet coach Alexander Pushkin. The cast also includes dancer Sergei Polunin, Chulpan Khamatova, Olivier Rabourdin, Raphaël Personnaz, and Louis Hofmann.

Nureyev, a Russian native, sought asylum in France in 1961 at the height of the Cold War. The film offers insight into Nureyev’s defection, masterminded by the dancer’s great friend,
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Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’ Picked Up at Sony Pictures Classics

  • The Wrap
Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’ Picked Up at Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights for Ralph Fiennes’ film “The White Crow,” the studio said on Monday.

The film, based on the book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” by Julie Kavanaugh, was directed by Fiennes and written by Oscar-nominated David Hare. Along with North America, Sony nabbed rights to distribute the film in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Benelux.

The White Crow” captures the physicality and brilliance of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. Nureyev emerged as one of ballet’s most famous stars, and though seen as a wild and beautiful dancer he was limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the Kgb. The film offers insight into Nureyev’s dangerous defection, masterminded by the dancer’s great friend,
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Ralph Fiennes’ 'The White Crow' lands at Spc

Ralph Fiennes’ 'The White Crow' lands at Spc
David Hare adapted screenplay about Russian dancer’s daring escape to West.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North America and multiple territories from HanWay Films to Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev drama The White Crow.

The distributor will put The White Crow through Sony for Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Benelux.

David Hare’s screenplay inspired by Julie Kavanaugh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life chronicles Russian ballet star Nureyev’s daring escape to the West at the height of the Cold War.

HanWay Films handles worldwide sales and co-financed the feature with BBC Films and Rogue Black.
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Sony Classics Snaps Up North America & Key Markets On Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Drama ‘The White Crow’

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America and key markets on Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev pic The White Crow from HanWay Films.

The prestige label has also taken Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Benelux.

Inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh, the drama charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him. Fiennes directs from a script by David Hare (The Hours). The anticipated drama is still in the running for an autumn festival berth.

Acclaimed dancer Oleg Ivenko stars as Nureyev, alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color) as Clara Saint, and Fiennes as Russian ballet coach Alexander Pushkin. Also featured are ballet-world enfant terrible Sergei Polunin, Chulpan Khamatova, Olivier Rabourdin, Raphaël Personnaz and Louis Hofmann.

The deal was negotiated between Spc and Gabrielle Stewart for HanWay.
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Ralph Fiennes joins cast of his Nureyev drama 'The White Crow'

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Ralph Fiennes joins cast of his Nureyev drama 'The White Crow'
Exclusive: Laurent Lafitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Louis Hofmann also board project.

Ralph Fiennes has joined the cast of The White Crow, his project about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Fiennes will play Nureyev’s teacher and mentor, Pushkin, who helped launch Nureyev’s career out of St Petersburg, and will also direct the feature.

As previously reported, professional dancer Oleg Ivenko will play the lead role of Nureyev, while fellow dancer Sergei Polunin, Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova are among the cast.

The production has now also attached Elle star Laurent Lafitte, The French Minister star Raphaël Personnaz, Personal Shopper actor Calypso Valois and Land Of Mine star Louis Hofmann ahead of its summer 2017 shoot in St Petersburg and Paris, with locations including the Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier.

Two-time Oscar-nominee David Hare (The Hours, The Reader) has adapted the screenplay from Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev, which
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Adèle Exarchopoulos Joins Ralph Fiennes’ ‘The White Crow’; First Look at ‘Racer and the Jailbird’

Blue is the Warmest Color star Adèle Exarchopoulos is staying busy, having finished a highly-anticipated film and joining another. First up, she’s starring alongside Matthias Schoenaerts in Michaël R. Roskam‘s The Drop follow-up Racer and the Jailbird, recently picked up by the newly-launched distribution company Neon. Likely stopping by Cannes, check out the first look above and synopsis below for the French-language, Belgian-set romantic thriller from the director of Bullhead.

The drama takes place in the fast-paced world of racing, and centers on a story of love at first sight when gangster Gino aka ‘Gigi’ (Matthias Schoenaerts) meets Benedicte aka ‘Bibi’ (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Gigi and Bibi fall madly in love, but with fate stacked against them their loyalties will be pushed to the limit. How much can their love endure to save what may already be lost?

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Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eva Greene & Gemma Arterton Land New Roles

Another day, another slew of casting announcements, with a few them involving some actresses who’ve stepped in and out of the world of James Bond.

The “Blue Is The Warmest Color” stars are getting busy. First up, Adèle Exarchopoulos is joining Chulpan Khamatova (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and dancers Oleg Ivenko and Sergei Polunin to star in Ralph Fiennes’ next directorial effort “The White Crow.” About famous Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, the drama charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him.

Continue reading Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eva Greene & Gemma Arterton Land New Roles at The Playlist.
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Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev biopic The White Crow

Ralph Fiennes has lined up his third directorial effort, with Variety reporting that he is set to helm The White Crow, a biopic of the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, which has been scripted by David Hare (The Reader) and is based on Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life.

According to an official statement, the film will “delve into the most cinematic, cultural and politically charged chapter of [the life of Nureyev], a fearless, explosive personality both on and off the stage.”

“This is a story of an uncompromising spirit, of homeland and ideologies that restrict, and of friendship,” said Fiennes. “It is, equally, a tale about the life and ballet culture he left behind in Russia.”

Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko is set to play Nureyev, while the cast also includes Blue Is the Warmest Color star Adele Exarchopoulos, Ukrainian dancer Sergei Polunin and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova. Production is set to take place in St.
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