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Release Date:
13 May 2005 (Brazil) See more »
A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Fernanda Montenegro ... Dona Maria / Áurea / Maria

Fernanda Torres ... Áurea / Maria

Ruy Guerra ... Vasco de Sá

Seu Jorge ... Massu - 1910-1919
Stênio Garcia ... Luiz - 1942
Luiz Melodia ... Massu - 1942
Enrique Diaz ... Luiz - 1919 (as Enrique Díaz)
Emiliano Queiroz ... Chico do Sal
João Acaiabe ... Pai de Massu
Camilla Facundes ... Maria - 1919
Haroldo Costa ... Capataz
Jorge Mautner ... Cientista
Nelson Jacobina ... Cientista
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zumbi Bahia ... Carregador Vasco #1
Jefferson de Almeida Barbosa ... Mirinho (1919)
Wadson Martins Costa ... Mirinho - 1942
Urias de Oliveira Filho ... Carregador Vasco 2
Guilherme Júnior ... Pescador Fogueira
Carlos Henrique Nascimento ... Pescador do Entreposto
Fernando Torres ... (archive footage)

Directed by
Andrucha Waddington 
Writing credits
Elena Soarez (screenplay) (as Elena Soárez)

Luiz Carlos Barreto (story) &
Elena Soarez (story) (as Elena Soárez) &
Andrucha Waddington (story)

Produced by
Claudia Braga .... delegate producer
Pedro Buarque de Hollanda .... producer
Daniel Filho .... associate producer
Marcos França .... executive producer
Pedro Guimarães .... producer
Luciano Huck .... associate producer
Katiuscha Mello .... series producer
Leonardo Monteiro de Barros .... producer
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues .... associate producer
Andrucha Waddington .... producer
Original Music by
João Barone 
Carlo Bartolini 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Della Rosa 
Film Editing by
Sérgio Mekler 
Art Direction by
Tulé Peak 
Costume Design by
Cláudia Kopke 
Production Management
Katiuscha Mello .... production leader
Fernando Zagallo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
César Rodrigues .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ana Paula Guimarães .... arts coordinator
Clara Rocha .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Miriam Biderman .... supervising sound editor
Bito Cavalcante .... cable person
Ana Chiarini .... dialogue editor
Rodrigo de Noronha .... re-recording mixer
Rômulo Drummond .... second boom operator
Helena Duarte .... foley editor
Fernando Henna .... sound editor
Jesse Marmo .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Bernardo Pacheco .... sound editor
Mauricio Pascuet Pregnolatto .... foley artist (as Maurício Pascuet)
Jorge Saldanha .... sound mixer
Yan Saldanha .... boom operator
Daniel Turini .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Sergio Farjalla Jr. .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Roberta Lewis .... digital effects artist
Rogério Marinho .... visual effects
Marco Prado .... visual effects artist
Diogo Russo .... data manager: Colorist Jr
Eduardo Sallas .... lead digital compositor
Thiago Sassioto .... digital intermediate conform editor: film recording
Marcelo Siqueira .... post production supervisor
Marcelo Siqueira .... visual effects supervisor
Fábio Soares .... visual effects supervisor
Lilian Stock Bonzi .... digital effects artist
Karina Vanes .... post production coordinator
Ariel Wollinger .... digital intermediate conform editor
Ariel Wollinger .... film recording supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Flavio Borges .... video assist
Cristiano Conceição .... assistant camera
Luiz Gonzaga de Almeida .... key grip
Carlos Dessbesell-Schüler .... camera copter pilot
Pablo Hoffmann .... second assistant camera
Sérgio Isidoro .... gaffer
Renato Mineirinho .... grip
Felipe Reinheimer .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ana Avelar .... costume assistant
Ro Nascimento .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Alex Ferreira Barreiro .... assistant editor
Fábio Fatorelli .... assistant editor
Rodrigo Oliveira .... post-production coordinator
Gigio Pelosi .... colorist
Ariel Wollinger .... digital intermediate editor
Ariel Wollinger .... digital intermediate supervisor
Rafael Yamin .... assistant colorist
Transportation Department
Kleber Souza .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sergio Farjalla Jr. .... weapon specialist
Cecília Grosso .... production coordinator
David Magdael .... publicist
Ariadne Mazzetti .... commercial attendant
Katiuscha Mello .... production coordinator
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
Alesia Weston .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Casa de Areia" - Brazil (original title)
"The House of Sand" - USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for some graphic sexuality
USA:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The movie was filmed entirely in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, an ecosystem of sand dunes in Maranhão State (northeastern Brazil).See more »
Factual errors: The movie takes pains to make reference to real events. However, the location marker erected for the scientific party at the total solar eclipse shows the wrong date. It should be 29.05.1919.See more »
Prelude Opus 28, nº 15See more »


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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Scenery, 8 January 2007
Author: Amandad1 from United States

This is a beautiful, poignant movie that reminded me of "The English Patient'. Filmed in the deserts of the Brazilian state of Maranhao it has stunning scenery that brings a backdrop of authenticity to the story line. I recommend viewing 'the making of' featurette, which depicts the difficulties, encountered in filming in such a harsh environment. It is interesting to note that although there are relatively few characters, the story can still rivet. I was able to identify with the main characters and feel their emotions. I do admit that the story is slow at first but in the end, it will leave you smiling and clamoring for more.

The one negative comment I have is about the scene(s) that caused the film to be rated 'R'. Although I can understand the need for it, I think the producer could have use some restraint and toned it down a bit, this would have made for a different rating and permitted a broader audience to appreciate this gem.

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