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Rachmaninoff crossing to Italy

Rebecca Tansley’s documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff has picked up another film international festival competition selection. This one is in Italy, where much of the documentary was filmed.

The film follows aspiring Italian-born New Zealand-resident pianist Flavio Villani, as he prepares Rachmaninoff’s famous Piano Concerto No. 2 for his first performance with an orchestra back in his homeland.

Crossing Rachmaninoff – or Attraversando Rachmaninoff in Italian – will screen in official competition in the International Documentary category at the 16th Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) in late November. Tansley will work with New Zealand-based film industry consultants Italian-Kiwi Film Connectionz to maximise the film’s exposure in Rome during the festival outing.

RIFF’s selection of Crossing Rachmaninoff follows its in-competition selections at France’s Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) and Scandinavian International Film Festival in Finland. It’s also played the Mendocino Film Festival and NZ Film Festival in China this year, after being in competition at last year’s Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC).

Next month Tansley will present the film at the 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival in the US. While in the US she’ll also be meeting with a script consultant for her next project, a narrative feature she’s been developing for around 18 months. She’ll head to Rome from the US to present Crossing Rachmaninoff at RIFF.

Crossing Rachmaninoff had its premiere in the 2015 NZIFF, and had a successful general release here early this year. Last month it released here on video.

Crossing Rachmaninoff is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Rialto Distribution. It is represented throughout the rest of the world (excluding theatrical) by UK-based company Espresso Media International.

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