The House of Sand (2006)

House of Sand
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 43mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Fernanda Montenegro Actor Dona Maria/Aurea (1942-1969)/Maria (1969) 1 1000001
Fernanda Torres Actor Aurea (1910-1919)/Maria (1942) 1 1000002
Ruy Guerra Actor Vasco de Sa 1 1000003
Seu Jorge Actor Massu (1910-1919) 1 1000004
Luis Melodia Actor Massu (1942) 1 1000005
Stenio Garcia Actor Luiz (1942) 1 1000006
Enrique Diaz Actor Luiz (1919) 1 1000007
Emiliano Queiroz Actor Chico do Sal 1 1000008
Camilla Facundes Actor Maria (1919) 1 1000009
Andrucha Waddington Director n/a 2 2000001
Leonardo Monteiro de Barros Producer n/a 3 3000001
Pedro Guimaraes Producer n/a 3 3000002
Andrucha Waddington Producer n/a 3 3000003
Pedro de Hollanda Producer n/a 3 3000004
Lucy Barreto Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Luiz Barreto Co-Producer n/a 170 3000006
Walter Salles Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Elena Soarez Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Luiz Barreto Story By n/a 120779 4000002
Elena Soarez Story By n/a 120779 4000003
Andrucha Waddington Story By n/a 120779 4000004
Claudia Braga Line Producer Co-Line Producer 161 5000001
Marcos Franca Line Producer n/a 161 5000002
Ricardo Della Rosa Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Sergio Mekler Editor n/a 172 7000001
Carlo Bartolini Music n/a 120781 8000001
Joao Barone Music n/a 120781 8000002
Frederico Peake Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Claudia Kopke Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Mark Berger Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000001
Jorge Saldanha Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Miriam Binderman Supervising Sound Editor n/a 328 14000003
Fabio Soares Visual Effects Supervisor n/a 249 23000001
Synopsis
Aurea is brought to the northern Brazilian town of Maranhao by her insane husband Vasco, who suffers from delusions that the barren land may be profitably farmed. A calamitous turn of events leaves Aurea, now pregnant, and her mother Maria alone in the desert in a house full of sand. They eventually find friendship and food through Massu, who lives at a quilombo (a self-sustaining society originally formed by escaped slaves). Aurea wrestles with her unhappy fate but slowly grows accustomed to the new rhythm of life in the dunes. Years pass and we find Aurea at peace in the desert, while her wild and sexually promiscuous daughter Maria lacks social propriety. Maria yearns to see the outside world and her dream is eventually fulfilled.