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The Heiresses

Marcelo Martinessi
Las herederas
Paraguay, Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, Norway, France 2018 / 95’
Summer 1993 The Square

Chela (Ana Brun) spends her days at home painting. She has her habits and rituals, the rhythm of which is followed more closely by the feisty and stubborn Chiquita (Margarita Irún). Although the two women have been a couple for decades, they have learned to hide their relationship from the prying eyes of Paraguay's conservative society. When they end up in financial trouble, however, their lives are turned upside down, and even the sale of their precious home furnishings, a symbol of their place among the Paraguayan elite, isn't enough to maintain the status quo. Chiquita ends up in debtors' prison, and Chela, who had been withdrawn up to this point, is forced to break out of her shell and face the outside world she has been avoiding for years. Following her, we see how this calm, intimate story begins to boil over with emotions. Written for a mostly female cast, The Heiresses was a big hit at this year's Berlinale, winning the Alfred Bauer Prize for a film that "opens new perspectives on cinematic art," as well as the Silver Bear for Ana Brun's wonderful performance.

Adam Kruk

awards

IFF Berlin 2018 – Alfred Bauer Prize, Best Actress (Ana Brun)

Marcelo Martinessi

Marcelo Martinessi was born in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, where he studied Communications. He then studied at the London Film School and worked for Paraguayan television. His first works were shown at festivals in Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand and Venice, where in 2016 The Lost Voice was selectedas the best short film. The Heiresses, his full-length feature debut, conquered this year's festival in Berlin, winning two awards: for Ana Brun's performance and for opening up new perspectives.

Filmography

2009 Karai norte (short)

2011 Calle última (short)

2013 La voz perdida / The Lost Voice (short)

2017 Dziedziczki / Las herederas / The Heiresses

Cast & Crew

director Marcelo Martinessi
screenplay Marcelo Martinessi
cinematography Luis Armando Arteaga
editing Fernando Epstein
cast Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, María Martins
producer Sebastián Peña Escobar, Marcelo Martinessi
production La Babosa Cine, Mutante Cine, Pandora Film Produktion, Esquina Filmes, Norsk Filmproduksjon, La Fábrica Nocturna
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language Spanish
colouration colour