Reaching for the Moon (2013 film)

Reaching for the Moon
Directed by Bruno Barreto
Produced by Paula Barreto
Lucy Barreto
Starring Glória Pires
Miranda Otto
Tracy Middendorf
Treat Williams
Marcello Airoldi
Luciana Souza
Tânia Costa
Marianna Mac Nieven
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Edited by Leticia Giffoni
Distributed by Cinema Management Group (International Sales Agent)
Imagem Filmes (Brazil)
Leap Frog Films (Australia)
Release dates
  • August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) (Brazil)
Running time
118 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$ 13,000,000[1]

Reaching for the Moon (Portuguese: Flores Raras, "Rare Flowers") is a 2013 Brazilian biographical drama film directed by Bruno Barreto. The film is based on the book Flores Raras e Banalíssimas (in English, Rare and Commonplace Flowers), by Carmem Lucia de Oliveira.

The film dramatizes the love story of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.[2] Set largely in Petrópolis between the years 1951 and 1967, the film tells the story of Bishop’s passionate and often tumultuous life with Soares in Brazil.[3]



Reaching for the Moon had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, before screening at Tribeca Film Festival and opening the 2014 Mardi Gras Film Festival.[4]

Following the sold-out screenings at Mardi Gras Film Festival, distributor Leap Frog Films announced it was planning a limited release across Australia in 2014.[5][6]

International distribution

The International distribution rights are being licensed by Cinema Management Group [7]


  1. "Flores Raras - Filme 2012". AdoroCinema. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. "Folha de S.Paulo - Ilustrada - Crítica: Filme 'Flores Raras' é corajoso, mas não tão arrojado como pede a trama - 16/08/2013". August 16, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. "Flores Raras" (in Portuguese). Imagem Filmes. March 20, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  4. Hazelton, Belinda (2014-02-15). "Film: Reaching for the Moon". Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  5. "Leap Frog Films reaches for the moon". Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  6. "Miranda Otto's REACHING FOR THE MOON finally gets Australian release". Cinemazzi. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  7. "CMG Cannes-bound with Moon – Reaching for the Moon". Screen Daily. Retrieved 3 May 2013.

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