House of Sand on DVD December 12th

Posted by: Michael
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is honored to announce the DVD release of The House of Sand. This remarkable film, by acclaimed Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington (Me You Them), chronicles three generations of women living in seclusion in a vast desert, and will be available on December 12

In tour de force performances, Academy Award® nominee Fernanda Montenegro (Best Actress, Central Station, 1999) and her real-life daughter, Fernanda Torres, share the screen roles of mother and daughter, Àurea and Maria, in The House of Sand, trading roles as characters age. The film was an official selection at both the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and 2006 Sundance Film Festival. At Sundance, The House of Sand was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

The House of Sand, directed by Andrucha Waddington, is a magnificent epic drama about the lives and passions of three generations of Brazilian women struggling to find their place amidst an encroaching desert and the relentless march of time. Àurea’s saga beings in 1910 when she and her mother, Maria (Fernanda Montenegro), arrive in a caravan at a labyrinth of sand in Maranhao in northern Brazil where her insane husband plans to start a farm. Àurea (Fernanda Torres) is desperate to return to the city, but she cannot traverse the dunes alone with her aging mother and unborn child. Then calamity strikes and the two women are left on their own. They eventually become accustomed to life among the swelling and shifting dunes, and Àurea bears a daughter in the house of sand. Years go by, and Àurea (now played by Montenegro) has found peace in the desert while her promiscuous daughter Maria (played by Torres) has inherited her mother’s lust for the world beyond the dunes. Desiccated desert textures permeate the senses as marvelous performances from Montenegro and Torres place human intensity at center stage. The House of Sand is a profound portrait of passing generations and establishes Waddington as one of the most exciting directors in Brazil today. DVD special features include a making-of featurette.

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