The House of Sand

The House of Sand

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The House of Sand

Three generations of women struggle to make lives for themselves and their families in the desert wastes of Northern Brazil in a drama from filmmaker Andrucha Waddington. In 1910, Vasco de Sá (Ruy Guerra) leads his wife, Áurea (Fernanda Torres), and her mother, Dona Maria (Fernanda Montenegro), to their new home -- a ramshackle cabin in Maranhão, a tiny village in the middle of a barren sand dune. Vasco and Áurea's new neighbors are hardly welcoming of the new arrivals, especially Massu (Seu Jorge), and when Vasco unexpectedly dies, Áurea and Dona Maria are left to fend for themselves, an especially vexing challenge as Áurea is with child. Nine years later, Áurea and Dona Maria have turned their cottage into a home, but life in Maranhão remains a constant uphill battle, and Áurea dreams of moving away with her daughter, Maria (Camilla Facundes). Áurea becomes infatuated with Luiz (Enrique Diaz), who works with a group of astronomers who have come to Maranhão to observe an eclipse, but their romance comes to a crashing halt when Dona Maria is killed. By 1942, Maria (now played by Fernanda Torres) is a promiscuous alcoholic who brings shame to Áurea (now played by Fernanda Montenegro). After the body of an Air Force pilot is found near Maranhão, a military officer is sent to investigate -- Luiz (now played by Stenio Garcia). When Luiz meets Maria, he sees the image of the woman he longed for years before, and while she doesn't have the same feelings for him, Maria realizes that Luiz represents her best hope of finally escaping the village she's come to hate. The House of Sand received its North American premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2006
UPC: 0043396157200
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:55:00

Special Features

The making of The House of Sand

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seu Jorge Massu (1910-1919)
Luiz Melodia Massu (1942)
Enrique Diaz Luiz (1919)
Stenio Garcia Luiz (1942)
Emiliano Querioz Chico do Sal
Camilla Facundes Maria (1919)
Ruy Guerra Vasco de Sa
Fernanda Torres Aurea
Fernanda Montenegro Maria (1969)

Technical Credits
Andrucha Waddington Director,Original Story,Producer
Joao Barone Score Composer
Lucy Barreto Co-producer
Luis Carlos Barreto Co-producer,Original Story
Carlo Bartolini Score Composer
Leonardo Monteiro de Barros Producer
Pedro Buarque de Hollanda Producer
Pedro Guinmaraes Producer
Claudia Kopke Costumes/Costume Designer
Sergio Mekler Editor
Tule Peake Production Designer
Ricardo Della Rosa Cinematographer
Jorge Saldanha Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Salles Co-producer
Elena Soarez Original Story,Screenwriter
Martin Macias Trujillo Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The House of Sand
1. Feeling Deserted [9:06]
2. No Going Back [10:55]
3. Trying to Leave [8:01]
4. Island Visitors [10:21]
5. Slowly Sinking [8:30]
6. Lonely Quest [7:21]
7. Making Acquaintances [9:24]
8. Fresh Start [8:09]
9. New Look [7:40]
10. Lost Track [8:33]
11. New Friend [1:18]
12. Just Sand [11:00]

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