The Heiresses (Las herederas) 15

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DIRECTOR Marcelo Martinessi
CAST Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzales

This beautifully acted, award-winning drama is both a commentary on Paraguayan class structure and a richly resonant character study.

This award-winning drama follows Chela and Chiquita, long-term partners who, although descended from wealthy families in Asunción, have fallen on hard times. When Chiquita is sent to prison for fraud, the more reclusive Chela is forced to cope on her own and finds herself engaging with the world anew. A richly resonant character study and a commentary on Paraguayan class structure, beautifully portrayed by its impressive cast.
(2018 Paraguay / Germany / Uruguay / Brazil / Norway / France 98 mins Subtitled)

A superb first feature from Marcelo Martinessi, this entirely female-driven story is full of gentle wit and playful observations on the crumbling upper echelons of Paraguayan society … The acting throughout is strong, and Brun is terrific. It’s a performance of tragicomic genius that plays out in arched eyebrows and stabbing side-eye swipes at other women … I will certainly be watching with interest to see what Martinessi does next.  Wendy Ide, The Observer

Language: Spanish, Guarani

BBFC advice: Contains moderate sex reference and infrequent strong language
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