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House of Sand

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A woman is forced by her husband to live in the desert and be condemned to life in sandy desolation desperately struggling to escape and find happiness.


Studio Sony
SKU 203182522
UPC 043396157200
UPC 14 00043396157200
Format DVD
Release Date 7/22/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Andrucha Waddington - Director
Andrucha Waddington - Producer
Carlo Bartolini - Original Music By
Elena Soarez, et. al. - Writer
Fernanda Montenegro - Actor
Fernanda Torres - Actor
Joao Barone - Original Music By
Marcos Franca - Executive Producer
Ricardo Della Rosa - Cinematographer
Ruy Guerra - Actor
Sergio Mekler - Editor
Seu Jorge - Actor
Tule Peak - Art Director
Winner (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Andrucha Waddington, Elena Soarez, Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Nominee (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Andrucha Waddington, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic
ReviewSource Variety
Review The physical, emotional and cosmic unite in Andrucha Waddington's powerful "The House of Sand." Marking a quantum leap for the talented helmer and busy producer ("Me, You. Them"), pic magnificently renders a fresh view of life on planet Earth...Fearsome physical conditions are made palpable with d.p. Della Rosa's ability to so well capture the film's many atmospheric moods. Kudos as well should go to production designer Tule Peake's realistic palm-covered house, costume designer Claudia Kopke's marvelous sense of period specificity, and a sound package that becomes an essential part of making "The House of Sand" a work of total cinema.
Reviewer Robert Koehler
ReviewRating 10
Review The great Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station) and her gifted daughter Fernanda Torres give superb performances in House of Sand, Andrucha Waddington's extraordinarily beautiful and moving family saga. Spanning nearly 60 years in the lives of three generations of women in the desolate, northern Brazilian desert town of Maranhao, Waddington's film is a sweeping yet intimate chronicle of life in a harsh, unforgiving landscape that's forever encroaching on the characters, both literally and emotionally. Directed by Waddington with a striking mixture of lyricism and grit, House of Sand is a richly compelling drama anchored by two remarkable actresses, alternating in the roles of the main characters as they age over the years.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, The New York Times A lovely film...a surprisingly lush and colorful romance.
Anne Thompson, The Hollywood Reporter A magical Brazilian period drama.
Jan Stuart, NewsDay A shimmering masterwork. Profoundly moving.

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