Team of The Heiresses after the 2018 Berlinale awards ceremony where the film won the Silver Bear 'Alfred Bauer award' and the Silver Bear for 'Best Actress' for Ana Brun.

Team of The Heiresses after the 2018 Berlinale awards ceremony where the film won the Silver Bear 'Alfred Bauer award' and the Silver Bear for 'Best Actress' for Ana Brun.

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SYNOPSIS

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

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ALL AWARDS: 

SILVER BEAR Alfred Bauer Award + SILVER BEAR Best Actress Award to Ana Brun + FIPRESCI Award for Best FILM of the Official Competition + TEDDY Award for Best FILM by the Manschaft readers jury + GIUSEPPE BECCE Award for Best FILM by the Jury of Independent Critics at the BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL

Best DIRECTOR + FIPRESCI Award at FICC - CARTAGENA DE INDIAS FILM FESTIVAL

GRAND PRIZE for Best FILM at the JEONJU FILM FESTIVAL

Best FILM at the PUERTO RICO QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

SUNNY BUNNY Award at the KYEV INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

TRANSILVANIA TROPHY for Best FILM at the TRANSILVANIA FILM FESTIVAL

Special MENTION at the SEATTLE INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

Best PHOTOGRAPHY for Luis Arteaga at the QUITO LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

SYDNEY Film Prize at the SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Best FIRST FILM by the Official Jury + Best ACTRESS + Best FILM by APRECI / Local Press Jury + Special MENTION by International Press Jury at the LIMA FILM FESTIVAL

BEST FILM at SANTANDER INTL. FILM FESTIVAL (Colombia)

Best SCRIPT + Best DIRECTOR + Best ACTRESSES for Ana Brun, Margarita Irún & Ana Ivanova + Best LATIN AMERICAN FILM by the Official Jury + Best LATIN AMERICAN FILM by Audience Jury + Best LATIN AMERICAN FILM by Critics Jury at the GRAMADO INT FILM FESTIVAL

Best DIRECTOR at SANFIC - SANTIAGO INTL FILM FESTIVAL

Best FILM at WORLD CINEMA AMSTERDAM

Best PRODUCTION DESING for Carlo Spatuzza at OOSTENDE FILM FESTIVAL

LATIN SEBASTIANE Award for Best LGBT FILM at SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

BRONZE Star at EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL

GOLDEN ATHENA Award at ATHENS FILM FESTIVAL

Best FILM - GRAND PAOA Award at VIÑA DEL MAR FILM FESTIVAL

SILVER GATEWAY Award at MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL

NETFLIX AWARD for BEST FIRST FILM

FENIX AWARD for BEST DIRECTOR

BEST FILM at LESGAI Madrid

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BERLINALE 2018

Main cast with director and producers

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Desayunos Horizontes ''LAS HEREDERAS'' - San Sebastián 2018

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Paraguay is my home country. I grew up, studied and lived there most of my life. My family as well as some of the people I love the most in the world live there. And still, since I have had the use of reason, I have always wanted to escape.

Paraguay is – for me – a prison-country. And even whilst away, I was never able to quite untangle myself from the uneasy feeling of belonging.

The urge to leave was also an urge to save myself. I have been blaming Paraguay for all those things that constantly made me flee. But only after the recent coup (2012) did I realise what Paraguay really is for me: a family, a social class, an education, a system of ‘values’ that was passed from one generation to the next, like a hereditary disease. This film comes out of my desire to heal. But also from the need to understand my habit of going away and returning to the same place, to a ‘sort of’ freedom that imprisons.

I feel that this story of facing life after a long period of confinement, is also the story of my country. After 60 years of the same regime we have recently lost a precious opportunity to change, to be released. I see that the fear and inconsistencies of Chela, the main character of the film, have much in common with what I feel has happened around me in recent years.
— Marcelo Martinessi. Writer & Director

IF YOU NEED ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PRODUCTION OF THIS FILM, PLEASE WRITE TO:  info@lababosacine.com

PRODUCERS: Agustina Chiarino, Fernando Epstein, Marina Perales, Marcelo Martinessi, Sebastián Peña, Julia Murat, Hilde Berg, Christoph Friedel, Xavier Rocher.

LAS HEREDERAS is a film suited to our real possibilities, both budget-wise and from the standpoint of our production strategy. Coming from a small country, we aimed at forming alliances within Latin America as well a co-production agreements with European countries.
— Sebastián Peña - Producer

LAS HEREDERAS was selected and participated in the 28th session of Cinefondation - La Residence. Writer/Director Marcelo Martinessi was invited to further develop the script during 6 months in Paris. As participant of this program, the project was also invited to Rencontres de Toulouse (Cinéma en Développment) , Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers Academy), Paris Co-production Village and a special pitching session at Cannes Film Festival.

Marcelo Martinessi, writer/director

LAS HEREDERAS participated in the SCRIPT & PITCH program of TORINO FILM LAB in 2014 and in the FRAMEWORK program in 2015 were the project received one of the PRODUCTION AWARDS. More info HERE.

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