The Heiresses

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    The Heiresses

    Las herederas

    Directed by

    Paraguay, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay, Norway, France

    2018

    97 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

    Awards

    • Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, Silver Bear for Best Actress (Ana Brun), FIPRESCI Award, Teddy Readers' Award - Berlin IFF
    • Best Director, FIPRESCI Award - Cartagena IFF
    • Grand Prize - Jeonju IFF
    • Special Jury Mention, Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress, Fourth Runner-up (Ana Brun) - Seattle IFF
    • Transilvania Trophy - Transilvania IFF
    • Paraguay's Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
    • Golden Athena Award for Best Film - Athens IFF
    • Bronze Star - El Gouna FF
    • Silver Gateway Award - Mumbai FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ana Brun
    Margarita Irún
    Ana Ivanova
    Screenplay
    Marcelo Martinessi
    Cinematography
    Luis Aretaga
    Editing
    Fernando Epstein
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    LA BABOSA CINE
    Production
    PANDORA FILM
    Production
    ESQUINA PRODUCOES ARTISTICAS
    Production
    MUTANTE CINE
    Production
    NORSK FILMPRODUKSJON AS
    Production
    LA FABRICA NOCTURNA

    Press

    A finely-crafted, beautifully realized debut that exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire, and the lingering privileges of Paraguay’s elite.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Marcelo Martinessi

    Marcelo Martinessi

    Paraguay

    Nowadays, there's a diverse generation eager to tell stories. It's crucial to give way to a cinema that's memory and future. We have a society still fascinated by the possibility of looking at the mirror of the cinematographic screen. The challenge is to make this look reflective, critical and consistent with our history.

    Marcelo Martinessi was the executive director of the first public television channel in Paraguay from the beginning of the project in 2010 until the coup d'état of June 2012. In 2010, he directed the short film ULTIMA STREET. Capturing his nation’s trauma during the political chaos he wrote and directed THE LOST VOICE, which won Best Short Film at Venice Film Festival in 2016. His first feature THE HEIRESSES premiered at the 2018 Berlinale Competition, winning two Silver Bears for the Best Actress Award and the Alfred Bauer Award.

    Selected Filmography