Moving, ravishing and gripping saga follows three generations of women forced to eke out an existence in the spectacular desert wilderness of Brazil’s Maranhão region.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
Ravishing the eye and reaching the heart, The House of Sand is a gripping saga following three generations of women forced to eke out an existence in the spectacular wilderness of Brazil’s Maranhão region, where intense heat and gale force winds are minor hazards compared to the constantly shifting sand dunes that threaten to engulf their home. Soon after being dragged to this wasteland in 1910 by her belligerent husband Vasco, pregnant Áurea is left to fend for herself with only her mother for company. Fate has indeed dealt the women a cruel hand but as the decades advance, they also encounter blistering passion, cosmic interludes and enduring love. In a stroke of casting genius that provides the vital emotional continuity required by such a saga, the three generations of women are played by the same two superb actresses, real-life mother and daughter Fernanda Montenegro and Fernanda Torres. By the time 1969 rolls around the final scenes are so intimate, and so moving, that we can scarcely bear to depart their forsaken desert world.