Reaching for the Moon (2013 film)

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Reaching for the Moon
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Directed byBruno Barreto
Produced byPaula Barreto
Lucy Barreto
StarringGlória Pires
Miranda Otto
Tracy Middendorf
Treat Williams
Marcello Airoldi
Luciana Souza
Tânia Costa
Marianna Mac Nieven
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
CinematographyMauro Pinheiro Jr.
Edited byLeticia Giffoni
Distributed byCinema Management Group (International Sales Agent)
Imagem Filmes (Brazil)
Leap Frog Films (Australia)
Release date
  • August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) (Brazil)
Running time
118 minutes
BudgetR$ 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[edit]

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 (February 15, 2014). "Film: Reaching for the Moon". Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Leap Frog Films reaches for the moon". Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Miranda Otto's REACHING FOR THE MOON finally gets Australian release". Cinemazzi. February 13, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "CMG Cannes-bound with Moon – Reaching for the Moon". Screen Daily. Retrieved May 3, 2013.

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