Event: Reaching for the Moon
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Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s provides the stunning backdrop for Reaching for the Moon, which chronicles the passionate yet tempestuous love affair between Pulitzer prize-winning American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, and Brazilian architect, Lota de Macedo Soares. Based on the best selling Brazilian novel Rare and Commonplace Flowers, the film follows Bishop (Miranda Otto), whose writer's block prompts her to accept the invitation of Mary, a college friend, to visit Rio and stay at the sprawling country estate Mary shares with her partner, Lota (Glria Pires).
The shy, repressed Elizabeth is initially put off by the forthright and dashing architect. But opposites attract, and before long their chemistry explodes and the pair engage in a passionate affair. Although Mary is devastated, Lota is determined to have both women at all costs.
The menage-a-trois is thrown off-balance when Lota starts work on her biggest project to date, designing Parque do Flamengo in Rio. Eventually, their relationship strained, Elizabeth moves back to New York in 1967 to take a teaching post, and after Brazil's military coup Lota's life is never quite the same.
Director Bruno Barreto has crafted an engaging, classic love story of two larger-than-life artists that offers an intimate snapshot of their search for inspiration.
Portuguese with English subtitles | 118 mins.