Crossing Rachmaninoff selected for official competition in French film festival

Posted Tuesday 26 Jan 2016

Congratulations to WIFT member Rebecca Tansley whose feature film documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff has been selected in official competition in the 29th Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in France.

FIPA, which runs from 19 - 24 January in Biarritz, is one of Europe's most respected festivals. It screens around 130 films and programmes from a range of genres in both competition and out-of-competition. Crossing Rachmaninoff will screen in competition in the Performing Arts section.

Local audiences will have the chance to see the film from 25 February, when it will be released on 18 or more screens around New Zealand through a deal with Rialto Distribution. This follows its world premiere to a standing ovation at the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival.

"FIPA has a strong tradition of selecting high quality personal profile and arts-based documentaries, so I'm thrilled they selected Crossing Rachmaninoff for competition," says director/producer Rebecca Tansley, "and that more New Zealanders have the chance to see the film that is now being recognised internationally."

Crossing Rachmaninoff follows aspiring Italian-born pianist Flavio Villani, now living in New Zealand, as he prepares Rachmaninoff's famous Piano Concerto No. 2 for his first performance with an orchestra back in his homeland. It explores Flavio's relationship with the music, his personal struggles, the story behind the music and the commitment it takes to be a professional musician.

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