The Heiresses (Las Herederas)

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi
Paraguay, Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, Norway, France

“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

Chela and Chiquita - both originating from wealthy Paraguayan families - have been a couple for over 30 years. But over time their financial situation has deteriorated and they are now forced to sell some of their inherited possessions. When Chiquita is imprisoned on fraud charges, the introverted Chela must adapt, a process that leads her on a journey of self-discovery.

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, this impressive first feature from South American director Marcelo Martinessi is a smart and understated drama, providing both a character study of an older woman’s reemergence from seclusion and a unique exploration of class and privilege in Paraguay.

Interested in screening this film?

  • Available on DCP Format: From September 2018
  • Available on DVD/Bluray Format: From January 2019