The Heiresses (Las herederas)
Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova
An immaculate, entirely female-driven drama, the debut feature of Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi screened in Competition for the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale, where it won the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear and received unanimous acclaim.
Both a piercing character study and a commentary on the Paraguayan class structure, it follows Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), who – both women descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay – have been together for over 30 years when their precarious financial situation begins to impact both their way of life and their relationship.
Forced to cope on her own, Chela starts driving for the first time in years, providing a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. Encountering the much younger Angy (Ana Ivanova), they forge a fresh and exhilarating connection – encouraging Chela to finally break out of her shell and embark on a personal revolution, engaging with the world on new and intimate terms.