Crossing Rachmaninoff

  • Screening Dates: 16th June, 8.00 pm  //  30th June, 6pm
  • Starring: Flavio Villani
  • Directed by: Rebecca Tansley
  • Running time: 79 mins
  • Rating: M
  • Language: English & Italian, with English subtitles

DOCUMENTARY: A winning portrait of Italian-born Auckland concert pianist Flavio Villani as he returns like the prodigal son to Italy for his concert debut, scaling one of the summits of the Romantic repertoire – Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto.  Beginning in Auckland, where Villani arrived at the age of 26 to study performance at Auckland University, the film starts four months before the big night, but incorporates a good measure of his backstory into its countdown to show time. A notoriously difficult piece for a pianist to play, the film also follows Villani’s preparation for a reunion with his estranged family. Rachmaninoff wrote his Second Concerto as a triumphant return to form after a fall from grace. Will it be the same for Flavio?

“An elegant, graceful documentary that illustrates the power in intimate storytelling; Crossing Rachmaninoff honours both the music and the musician, as well as the audience         – a rare balance in films of this ilk”.      SOURCE: Sarah McMullan RNZ