Italy: Oniros Film Awards (OFA) awards European art cinema for its increasingly terrifying twists, turns and revelations that disorient the audience in a slow, creeping way.

Los Angeles, CA – February 14, 2019 – Sonia Escolano’s elevated Spanish horror, ‘HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS’, is awarded Best Feature Film for the January 2019 Monthly Edition OFA Winners.

From rare-female voice in the horror entertainment sphere, Sonia Escolano’s (The Vampire in the Hole, Myna Has Gone, Cinq minutes), HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS (aka Casa de sudor y Lágrimas) is a mesmerizing exploration of religion, belief and faith, mirroring the European art cinema aesthetics.

Beginning its run on the festival circuit, HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS was one of sixteen projects selected for the 2018 Cannes’ Frontières Platform and also screened at the Buyers Showcase, with top recognition from the Spanish government in support of promoting excellent Spanish cinema worldwide. Continuing to rack-up accolades worldwide, Escolano’s atmospheric horror was prestigiously nominated for Best Fantastic Feature at Fantastic Fest 2018, receiving its world premiere. HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS made its East Coast premiere at the 2018 Brooklyn Horror Film Fest and was awarded Best Feature Film for FIFFLONDON November Edition 2018 Winners.

Photo: ‘HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS’ awarded Best Feature Film, January 2019 Monthly Edition OFA Winners.

HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS is a trembling, elevated and atmospheric horror based on the tale of Amparo Cuevas and “She” – a Spanish woman from El Escorial. Based upon a real cult operating in Spain during the 1990s, HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS follows “She”, who assembles the world’s four corners into a violent cult-like, religious sect, including human nature’s randomly selected members, Ella (Alzira Gómez), Sophie (Coline Charvin), Emma (Padi Padilla), ​​Jérôme (Pablo Macho) and Ruth (Paula Mateu). Operating under strict coexistence rules of “She” as the flock leader, when a dark, mysterious man plagues a member’s dream, causing her suicide, will “She” be able to maintain control of the cult? Or, will the mysterious outsider’s arrival set “She” and her followers onto a path of ultimate destruction?

“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,” said Brooklyn Horror Film Fest Programmer, Joseph Hernandez.

Highly-stylized and bursting with unique shocks, HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS divulges the cults’ struggle to cope with the control, power and ultimate truth of their existence. Shot entirely with candlelight and zero artificial light, Escolano’s ominous and mystifying atmospheric horror creates an aura of extreme uneasiness and fear of someone sneaking in the shadows.

Produced in Spain by Sonia Escolano and Francisco Javier González from Sudo y lágrimas Films, ROCK SALT RELEASING will bring the atmospheric horror to digital streaming platforms in May 2019. HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS is accompanied by stellar cinematography by Pepe De La Rose (Hubo un lugar) and stars Eudald Font (The Hunter’s Prayer, I Love Her), Pablo Suárez (De Agua y Fuego, Cold Skin, Realive), actress and producer, Haydée Lysander (Black Hollow Cage, Cinq minutes) and Alzira Gómez (Adeu, Barcelona, Salvacion). The film’s fantastic cast includes Paula Mateu, Padi Padilla, Pablo Macho and Coline Charvin.

Watch the trailer for HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS here: https://vimeo.com/263248228.

HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS (2018, 104 min.) Written and Directed by Sonia Escolano. Edited by: Rubén Domínguez. Produced by: Sonia Escolano, Paco González. Cinematographer: Pepe De La Rosa. Original sounds by: Roberto H.G., Javier Ángel Morillo, Aarón J. Pozo and Carlos Ruiz. Spain; Spanish, French. Sudo y lágrimas Films SL, ROCK SALT RELEASING.

Producers: Sonia Escolano, Francisco Javier González –Sudo y lágrimas Films SL

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