Wolfe Releasing with DaDa Films have announced the U.S. theatrical release of Bruno Barreto's award-winning Reaching for the Moon / Flores Raras (pictured). The Brazilian film opens Friday, November 8 at the Paris Theater in New York City, and on Friday, November 29 at the Royal Theater in Los Angeles.
The film features a critically acclaimed and beautifully nuanced performance by Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings Series) and Glória Pires. Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares, Reaching fro the Moon won the Audience Award at both Outfest and Frameline Film Festivals, and was an official selection at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals.
Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bruno Barreto (Four Days in September, Dona Flor and her Two Husbands) returns with a sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Tracy Middendorf).
Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more — a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen.
The film will have additional theatrical engagements at Encino, Pasadena and San Francisco, California in December.