Las Herederas (The Heiresses), Marcelo Martinessi (2018)
“A finely crafted, beautifully realized debut… reproduces a complex female world that in its single-sex isolation speaks to the decades of harsh patriarchal dictatorship still infecting Paraguayan society on all strata”
Chela and Chiquita have been partners for decades, lifelong members of Paraguay's moneyed elite. But like all good things, the money runs out. The two women thus spend their days selling furniture, glassware, and silver to whoever makes them an offer. One day Chiquita, the more garrulous and resilient of the two, is sent to prison due to an overdrawn check. Chela thus embarks on a new path of poverty, loneliness, and ultimately, freedom.
A delicate portrait of middle-aged lesbian desire re-awakened, Las Herederas (The Heiresses) premiered in Competition at the Berlinale where it won the FIPRESCI Prize, the Alfred Bauer Prize and Ana Brun the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Marcelo Martinessi's debut film runs January 16-29 at Film Forum; the director will be on hand for Q&As opening night, as well as January 18 and 19th.