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Flores Raras / Reaching for the Moon

A film by Bruno Barreto

Starring Miranda Otto, Glória Pires, Tracy Middendorf
2013 Brazil, Biography/Drama, 118 min.
In English and Portuguese with English subtitles

Screening as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse

Sunday Jan. 19 4:00 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W Anderson Ln. Austin, TX 78757 Tel: (512) 476-1320 [Map]

Tickets $10 – CLA Members $8* - BUY TICKETS

*Members who wish to purchase tickets in advance must buy a $10 general admission ticket online, and will be refunded $2 at the box office when they pick up their tickets. 

"An exotic love story becomes an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention." – Film Journal International


This sumptuous English-language ‘50s period piece recounts the mid-life years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (played by Miranda Otto, Lord of the Rings) when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero — where she would also fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares (butched up to the hilt by beautifully handsome Brazilian TV star Gloria Pires). Initial hostilities between the pair make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. From renowned Brazilian director Bruno Barreto (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands), Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.

About the director

barreto brunoBorn in1955 in Rio de Janeiro, Bruno Barreto has directed to date 18 feature films. His first was ”Tati” in 1972, at the age of 17, followed by A Estrela Sobe (The Rising Star) and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, the biggest box office hit in Brazil until 2011, with more than 12 million tickets sold, and a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Among other notable films are: Four Days in September nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1998, Bossa Nova (with Amy Irving and Antonio Fagundes), a valentine for the city of Rio de Janeiro where he was born, and Romeo and Juliet Get Married which won several best film (audience award) in many international festivals. Since 1990, Bruno Barreto has divided his career between Brazil and the United States, where he made six feature films with major stars such as Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia, Kevin Spacey and Amy Irving in A Show of Force, Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving in Carried Away, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike Myers in View from the Top . In 2005 Bruno Barreto returned to Brazil and based himself in São Paulo, where he made Romeo and Juliet Get Marred and Money on the Side. In 2006, Bruno Barreto directed the Brazilian stage production of the 2005 Pulitzer and Tony winner play Doubt by John Patrick Shanley. In 2007, Bruno directed Last Stop 174, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and sold out screenings. Bruno has recently finished Reaching for the Moon, starring Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires which tells the story of Elizabeth Bishop, one of the greatest poets of the English language, and her long relationship with the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.


2008 – Last Stop 174 / Última parada 174 2007 – Money on the Side / Caixa Dois 2004 – Romeo and Juliet get Married / O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta 2003 – View from the Top ( original title) 2000 – Bossa Nova( original title) 1998 - One Tough Cop( original title) 1997 – Four Days in September / O Que É Isso Companheiro 1995 – Carried Away( original title) 1992 – The Heart of Justice( original title) 1990 – A Show of Force( original title) 1987 – The Story of Fausta / Romance da Empregada 1984 – Happily Ever After / Além da Paixão 1982 – Gabriela ( original title) 1981 – The Kiss / O Beijo no Asfalto 1978 – Amor Bandido ( original title) 1976 – Dona Flor and her Two Husbands / Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos 1974 – The Rising Star / A Estrela Sobe 1972 – Tati / Tati a Garota

Flores Raras (Reaching for the Moon)

2013, Brazil, Biography/Drama
118 min. 35mm. Color
In English and Portuguese with English subtitles


Miranda Otto (as Elizabeth Bishop)
Glória Pires (as Lota de Macedo Soares)
Tracy Middendorf (as Mary)
Marcello Airoldi (as Carlos Lacerda)
Lola Kirke (as Margareth)
Tânia Costa (as Dindinha)
Marianna Mac Niven (as Malu)
Marcio Ehrlich (as Jose Eduardo Soares)
and Treat Williams (as Robert Lowell)


Directed by Bruno Barreto
Screenplay by Matthew Chapman and Julie Sayres, based on the screenplay by Carolina Kotscho, AC
Inspired by the novel “Flores raras e banalíssimas / Rare and Commonplace Flowers” by Carmen L. Oliveira
Produced by: Lucy Barreto and Paula Barreto
Director of Photography: Mauro Pinheiro Jr. ABC
Production Design: José Joaquim Salles
Film Editor: Leticia Giffoni
Music: Marcelo Zarvos
Executive Producers: Romulo Marinho Jr, Penny Wolf
Associate Producers: Mary Jane Marcasiano, Emilia Duncan, Jytte Jansen, Helio Bodini
Costume Design: Marcelo Pies
Casting (US): Avy Kaufman
Casting (Brazil): Marcia Andrade
Production Mixer: Paulo Ricardo
Mixed by: Armando Torres Jr.
Sound Design: Alessandro Laroca

a LC Barreto production

in association with: Imagem Filmes, Globo Filmes, Teleimage, Globosat, Telecine

A Wolfe Video Release

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