Reaching for the Moon / Lesbian Looks

Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00pm

Regular Admission Prices


Part of the 2014 Lesbian Looks Film Series

Winner! Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature, Frameline & Outfest Film Festivals 2013


“Beautiful and lush … Miranda Otto has the screen presence of Meryl Streep and the style and command of Katherine Hepburn.” – Rachel Kolb, Just Press Play

“Passionate and vivid … an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention … features saucy, full-bodied performances by leads Gloria Pires and Miranda Otto.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“The complex and heightened romance between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares is brought to the big screen with lush and emotional intensity. “ – Marc Adams, Screen Daily


Acclaimed director Bruno Barreto (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands) vividly brings to life 1950s Rio in this beautifully drawn tale of American poet Elizabeth Bishop and her passionate, real-life love affair with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Based on the bestselling novel Rare and Commonplace Flowers, the film follows Bishop as a creative block prompts her to accept the invitation of a college friend to stay with her and her partner, Lota, on a sprawling country estate in Brazil. Quintessentially American Bishop is a fish out of water in her new lush and bohemian setting, until her instant chemistry with Lota reaches the boiling point, setting off a passionate love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) gives an elegant and nuanced performance as Bishop, while Glória Pires (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) provides a counterbalance with the Dionysian and earthy Lota. Bishop’s closet alcoholism thickens the drama, but when she returns to New York and the military coup d’état forces change in Brazil, the relationship also faces tumultuous changes. This compelling, gorgeously photographed love story is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration and the lives of two remarkable artists. (Dir. by Bruno Barreto, 2013, Brazil, in English and Portuguese with subtitles, 118 mins., Not Rated, Wolfe Releasing) Digital


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