Canadian director Sean Cisterna’s Mythic Productions has optioned the rights to the memoir Long Ride Home from journalist and documentarian Filipe Masetti Leite (pictured).

The book follows Leite’s more than 16,000-km journey on horseback from Calgary to his family home close to São Paolo, Brazil over the course of 803 days and across 12 borders. Leite grew up in Ontario and studied at Toronto’s Ryerson University before the trek from Calgary to Brazil.

The story will be adapted into a feature film and will be a coproduction between the Toronto-based Mythic Productions and Brazil’s Total Entertainment. Cisterna will produce and direct, with Total Entertainment’s Walkiria Barbosa also on board as producer.

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