Matakana Cinemas

4.00 pm



If you missed this film about Flavio Villani during its short run in 2016 now is your chance to see it, two weeks before Flavio performs a piano recital for us on 25th June. Tickets are $20 and will not be available at the box office but must be bought directly from Warkworth Music by mail or through this website. We have sold out the 75-seat Paradiso and are moving into the 114-seat Tivoli cinema and last-minute tickets will be available from Warkworth Music at the door. We are delighted that Flavio Villani himself will attend the screening to introduce the film and answer questions.


Crossing Rachmaninoff is the story of one man's journey to redemption through Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Italian-born Flavio Villani is preparing for a performance that will confirm his arrival as a concert pianist and vindicate his decision to be a musician. This film introduces Flavio in Auckland as he grapples daily with Rachmaninoff's challenging work. It explores the single-minded commitment necessary to become a concert pianist, exposes the professional challenges he must overcome and reveals Flavio's true commitment as he prepares the very piece that proved Rachmaninoff as a composer. We travel with Flavio to Italy to meet the family who once struggled with their son's homosexuality and discouraged him from a life in music. His first rehearsals with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria reveal

up close the dynamics of orchestral musicians and those who play with them. Flavio must negotiate all of this to become accepted in the classical music community and truly perform at his best. Finally we experience the biggest night of Flavio's life - the spectacular and moving moments of what has come to be known as 'the Rach 2'. This is Flavio's one chance to leave it all on the stage and prove he has what it takes to make it.
Crossing Rachmaninoff is a story of many parts. More than a personal odyssey, with all the elements of drama and catharsis that Rachmaninoff himself depicts so splendidly, it explores the fundamental desire to be accepted for who we are. It celebrates the beauty and power of music and the bravery of those who bring it into our lives.