Reaching for the Moon
Brazil | Director Bruno Baretto | 118 Minutes
Australia’s own Miranda Otto shines in this sultry and seductive biopic of famous American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Otto stars as the introspective Bishop, who escapes New York City to find inspiration in the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s Bossa Novan culture.
She does not, however, expect to be drawn into a tempestuous relationship with architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Brazilian actress Gloria Pires) in which the two women are tested by jealousy, separation and military coups.
The powerful performances of the two leading ladies, combined with superb cinematography, capture the spirit of these seminal artists as they reach the pinnacles of their respective creative careers. The supporting cast is also excellent, including Treat Williams playing poet Robert Lowell.
The movie already won “Best Picture” at Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles and Frameline Festival in San Francisco, and was second audience favorite at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals festivals. The script is based on Carmen L. Oliveira’s book, Rare and Commonplace Flowers.
“A movie that depicts two exceptional women living exactly the way they wanted, together, outside the expected societal norms of the time.” Roger Ebert
“The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen.” Rotten Tomatoes
Please note: 7.30pm screening does not include after party
7pm screening only: Community Fair precedes the film from 5:30pm.