An older woman known only as “She” leads a religious cult using violent methods of control and forcing painful punishments unto her followers in order to prove their devotion. When a mysterious man arrives claiming to be the messiah, the followers are offered another way of life beyond the path of pain. A deadly struggle for power ensues as all hell breaks loose.
Claustrophobic dread drips through the narrow halls and dim candlelit rooms of the HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS while moments of brutal intensity are captured by cinematographer Pepe de la Rosa’s unforgiving close up frames. Director Sonia Escolano’s atmospheric horror show sneaks up on you and leaves you gripping your chest by its shocking conclusion. —Joseph Hernandez
Sonia Escolano is a Valencian film director, born in Alicante in December 1980. She moved to Alcalá de Henares in 1996 to study literature. In the literary field, she has won many awards for poetry and essays. She taught theater to children for several years. She successfully handled child actors in the short film “Cedric”, which participated in festivals around the globe, and in the controversial “The Rapture of Ganymede.
In 2009 she directed, with Sadrac González, the film Myna Has Gone,which tells the story of an illegal immigrant and her problems in Spain. This film won the Best Film in the Indie Fest film festival in Los Angeles, and participated in many international festivals, including the Austin Film Festival. The film was also an official section at Athensfest, Les Reencontres des Cinémas d’Europe, and The Bronx, in New York City.The film was released in theaters in the United States, including in Minneapolis,Los Angeles,St. Louis,Phoenix,Houston,San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Miami, Denver, New York, and Palm Beach. Sonia is the director of the theater group “Rotos y Descosidos”, where she teaches acting to new opera singers, specializing in performances of Federico Garcia Lorca. In March 2015 she published her first fiction novel titled El Rey Lombriz (The King Worm) and based on a screenplay.