The Heiresses (Las Herederas)
Director: Marcelo Martinessi
Section: International Competition
Country: Paraguay, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay, Norway, France | Year: 2018
Language(s): Spanish | Time: 95 mins
Chela and Chiquita, both descendants from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But their financial situation has recently worsened, and they have begun selling off their inherited possessions. 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.
Marcelo Martinessi studied communication at the Catholic University of Asunción and cinema at the London Film School. His short films, revolving around literature and memory, have been shown at the Berlinale, Clermont Ferrand, and Kinoforum, among other festivals. He was the executive director of the first public TV in his country from the beginning of the project in 2010 until the coup d’état of June 2012. Capturing his nation’s trauma during that political chaos, he wrote and directed The Lost Voice (2016), which won the Best Short Film at Venice Film Festival.
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