The Heiresses

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi

98 minutes / Color
Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2019
Copyright: 2018

Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun), 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 (Ana Ivanova), 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.

“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.” —Variety

“An acting prize for the mesmerising Ana Brun is not out of the question.” —Screen International

“There’s a poignant sense of renewal in progress.” The Hollywood Reporter

“A beautiful delicacy. And his actresses, Ana Brun in mind, are great.” —Le Figaro

” The dazzling debute of a Paraguayan (director)El Mundo

“Martinessi explores class and desire in impressive character Study” Ion Cinema

“it’s refreshing to find a film as serene as The Heiresses.” Little White Lies

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A film by Marcelo Martinessi

Select Accolades

  • Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2018
  • Best Film, Sydney Film Festival 2018
  • Best First Feature Film, Lima Film Festival 2018
  • Grand Prize, Jeonju International Film Festival 2018
  • Best Films, Transylvania International Film Festival 2018


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