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Crossing Rachmaninoff

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2015

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.

We don’t choose the music, the music chooses us.
– Flavio Villani's mentor Matteo Napoli

Key Cast & Crew

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Thomas Gleeson


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Rebecca Tansley

Director, Producer

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Simon Raby

Camera Operator, Cinematographer

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Mike Westgate

Location Sound Mixer

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Tim Storey

Executive Producer

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Domenico Di Ruocco

Camera Operator - Italy

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Piano Concerto No.2 composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, performed by Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria. Conducted by Filippo Arlia. Piano by Flavio Villani