REACHING FOR THE MOON, a movie (November 2013) about the love story of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (1910-1967).
The scenery is Brazil in the 50’s and 60’s and the movie starts in 1951 when Bishop arrives in Rio de Janeiro for a short visit, which turned into a stay of 14 years.
The movie was inspired by the book “Flores Raras e Banalíssimas” by Carmen Oliveira, published in Portuguese and later translated into English as “Rare and Commonplace Flowers.”
The movie director, Bruno Barreto, was particularly touched by one of Bishop’s poems, “One Art”, which became the theme of the movie–that of loss and the art of losing.
See the poem “One Art”
About Elizabeth Bishop:
Visit the Poetry Foundation
About Lota de Macedo Soares:
Visit the Instituto Lotta
About Soares and Bishop:
Visit this blog from Stanford University
Watch the trailer of the movie