News: Rudolf Nureyev film to be directed by Ralph Fiennes

Tuesday 23 June 2015 by Clare Evans

The tale of iconic Russian dancer and famous defector Rudolf Nureyev will be brought to life again on the big screen. Directed by (but not starring) Ralph Fiennes, it will be based on a screenplay by David Hare, writer of the Oscar-winning 2008 film The Reader.

Fiennes has secured the rights to Julie Kavanagh’s authorised biography Nureyev: The Life and hopes to begin shooting in 2016.

“It is not clear which period of his life the film will cover, but there are many to choose from: the defection itself, which took place in Paris with the help of the French police and a Parisian socialite friend named Clara Saint; his tempestuous love affair with Erik Bruhn, soloist at the Royal Danish Ballet; his forays into film via Ken Russell’s Valentino, in 1977, and with Nastassja Kinski in 1983’s Exposed; his stage partnerships with dancers Margot Fonteyn and Yvette Chauviré, or his 1983 appointment as the director of the Paris Opera Ballet.”

Read more: The Guardian, 23 June 2015

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