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The Heiresses

The Heiresses

Marcelo Martinessi

Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, Brazil, Norway, France | 2018 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 96’

"A finely-crafted, beautifully realized debut that exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire, and the lingering privileges of Paraguay’s elite."
Jay Weissberg - Variety

TFL Awards

TFL Co-Production Award 2015 (€ 50.000)
supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

festivals & awards

Competition, Berlinale 2018 / Silver Bear Alfred Bauer, Silver Bear for Best Actress (Ana Brun), FIPRESCI Award


Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin 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.


The Heiresses
original title

Las Herederas




Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, Brazil, Norway, France

running time


produced by

La Babosa Cine – Paraguay

in co-production with

Pandora Film – Germany
Mutante Cine – Uruguay
Esquina Filmes – Brazil
Norskfilmprodukjson – Norway
La Fabrica Nocturna – France

directed by

Marcelo Martinessi



The deterioration of the long-term relationship between Chela and Chiquita is magnified by their uncertain financial situation.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2015
Script&Pitch 2014

Marcelo Martinessi

Film Director

Sebastián Peña Escobar