Two new releases arrive at the Irish Film Institute on Friday the 22nd of March 2019 – award-winning documentary Minding the Gap and The White Crow, a drama based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev, directed by Ralph Fiennes.

Read on for a selection of reviews, or pop in to make up your own mind!

“Twenty-first century discourse has had much to do with “toxic masculinity” and there are few better examinations of the phenomenon than this gripping, Oscar-nominated documentary from Bing Liu.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Bing Liu’s grungy debut feature is a remarkable, unusual film. Part documentary, part episodic reality drama, it starts slowly, even scrappily, before gathering an extraordinary cumulative power.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“Tender and perceptive, and a balanced picture of extraordinary lives”
5/5 – RTÉ

“An unforgettable doc that takes on the joys and perils of young manhood in no-bull ways that will knock the wind out of you.”
4.5/5 – Rolling Stone

“The film is filled with lengthy, sensuous skateboarding scenes, which feel meditative, therapeutic; we sense that these kids skated not because it was fun, but because it helped them to survive.”
Village Voice

“Minding the Gap starts out as one story, suggests one set of character arcs, and then flows in unexpected directions and underlines new sets of themes, without ever feeling haphazard or ill-considered.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Ukrainian soloist Oleg Ivenko, in his first acting role, is hardly a ringer for Nureyev, but he has the comportment, the eyelashes, the ferocity, and Mike Eley’s camera understandably loves him. Fiennes’s circumspect turn is matched by his considered direction.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“It’s a fine, soulful film.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“The White Crow is the rarest of birds – a biopic that’s over too quickly. Make sure to save this dance for yourself.”
4.5/5 – RTÉ

“A classy – and respectfully sexy – night at the movies.”

“Oleg Ivenko, a Ukrainian dancer in his acting debut, is persuasive in “The White Crow”.”
Wall Street Journal





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