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Run Time: 118 minutes
A passionate love story whose imagery will haunt you, REACHING FOR THE MOON is a filmic ode to the relationship between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Set mostly in 50s and 60s Brazil on Lota’s breathtaking tropical estate, with key scenes in political Rio and New York, the film is a gem of mid-century style and vision. Abandoning her cherished regular conversations with fellow poet Robert Lowell in New York’s Central Park, brittle Elizabeth attempts to escape her demons by traveling to Brazil. Intending only to stay a short time while visiting her friend Mary, she instead becomes attracted to Mary’s lover Lota, a brash personality and striking visionary. Elizabeth stays on in Brazil for years, happy and increasingly successful thanks to Lota’s support. But her drinking threatens to destroy everyone around her. The brilliant cast includes a frail Mirando Otto as Elizabeth and fiery Glória Pires as Lota. (In English and Portuguese with subtitles) —B.B.
Lucy Barreto, Paula Barreto
Matthew Chapman, Julie Sayres
Mauro Pinheiro, Jr.
Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf
Bruno Barreto is a native of Rio de Janeiro. He has been making feature-length films ever since he was 17 and remains one of Brazil's most accomplished and popular directors. His films range from light comedies to political thrillers.
"Tati" (1973), "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" (1976), "Gabriela" (1983), "Four Days in September" (1997), "One Tough Cop" (1998), "Flight Girls" (2003), "Endstation 174" (2008), REACHING FOR THE MOON (2013).
This film is presented with the generous support of CONNIE SARVAY.