About the film
Director: Marcelo Martinessi
Actors: Ana Brun, Ana Ivanova, Margarita Irún, Nilda GonzalezWinner of both the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actress and the prestigious Alfred Bauer Prize for opening new perspectives, writer/director Marcelo Martinessi’s stunning debut drama THE HEIRESSES is an immersive and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the privileged, through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis.
Asunción, Paraguay. Sixty-somethings Chela and Chiquita, both descendants of wealthy families, have been living together for more than thirty years. Times have changed though, and with debts mounting, the couple begins to sell-off precious heirlooms to stay afloat. But when Chiquita is convicted of fraud and sent to prison, the sheltered Chela must suddenly fend for herself. Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly begins working as a chauffeur for the wealthy women of the neighbourhood. The changed circumstances lead her to, perhaps for the first time, contemplate her life and the choices she’s made.
“★★★★ Richly textured. A subtle, powerful exploration of the changing nature of class, repression and desire in modern Paraguay.” – The List
WINNER: Sydney Film Prize for Best Film In Competition, Sydney Film Festival 2018
WINNER: Best Actress, Alfred Bauer Prize for Opening New Perspectives, Berlin Film Festival 2018
Spanish and Guarani with English subtitles