This documentary follows Auckland-based, Italian-born pianist Flavio Villani as he prepares to play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 2 in Italy — his debut performance as a soloist with an orchestra. Director Rebecca Tansley, who funded much of the documentary herself, tails Villani from four months before the recital that will challenge the prodigal son to affirm his career choice and sexuality, in front of his Italian ex-military father. When it debuted at the 2015 Auckland Film Festival, Crossing Rachmaninoff won a standing ovation.
The film is about following a dream when it’s really hard, when you have to question yourself and keep on going. That was Flavio doing the concert, that was Rachmaninoff writing the piece, and to be honest, that was me making the film.– Director Rebecca Tansley, in Metro magazine, 10 July 2015
Available to rent from NZIFF On Demand
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 25 February 2016
World premiere on 18 July 2015 at Auckland's Civic Theatre, before further screenings as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Piano Concerto No.2 composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, performed by Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria. Conducted by Filippo Arlia. Piano by Flavio Villani