Reaching for the moon

Friday October 11, 7:00 PM at the Harris Theater

(Brazil; 2013; 118 minutes) Director: Bruno Barreto

This brilliant, vibrant 2013 Brazilian film imagines a little-known time in the life of American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956.

After receiving a substantial college traveling fellowship, Elizabeth opts to circumnavigate South America by boat. But her two week stay is extended and extended as she develops an intense relationship with noted female architect Lota de Macedo Soares who sees to it that she has time to write, is pampered and treated as a celebrity by society. But Elizabeth’s alcoholism threatens to surface, as does the resentment of a college friend who also loves Lota.

Miranda Otto of “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy plays the lead, with additional roles filled by Treat Williams (TV’s “Everwood”) and Brazilian telenovela star Glória Pires.