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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. 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.

Original title: Las Herederas English title: The Heiresses Country: Paraguay, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay, Norway, France Language: Spanish Production year: 2017 Length: 95' Sound: 5.1 Aspect ratio: 2.39 Frame rate: 24 fps


Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova


Director: Marcelo Martinessi Screenwriter: Marcelo Martinessi Producers: Sebastian Pena Escobar, Christoph Friedel, Fernando Epstein, Agustina Chiario, Julia Murat, Hilde Berg, Marina Perales, Xavier Rocher Production Companies: La Babosa Cine, Pandora Film Produktion, Esquina Producoes Artisticas, Mutante Cine, Norsk Filmproduksjon , La Fábrica Nocturna World sales: Luxbox DOP: Luis Arteaga Editors: Fernando Epstein Sound: Rafaez Alvarez

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Berlin International Film Festival
Official competition - Best Actress (Ana Brun), Alfred Bauer Prize, FIPRESCI Prize

Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
Official competition - Best Director (Marcelo Martinessi), FIPRESCI Best Film

Jeonju International Film Festival
Official competition - Grand Prize

Transilvania International Film Festival
Official competition - Transilvania Trophy for Best Film

Sydney Film Festival
Official competition - Sydney Film Prize (Best Film)

Lima Film Festival
Official competition - Best First Feature film & Best Actress ( Ana Brun)

World Cinema Amsterdam Film Festival
Public Award

El Gouna Film Festival
International Competition : Bronze Award for Best Narrative Feature

Huelva Film Festival
Latino-American Competition : Special Jury Prize

Athens International Film Festival
International Competition : Golden Athena for Best Film

Competition : Award for Best Film

Nouveau Cinema Montreal Film Festival
International Competition

Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival
Out of Competition


Marcelo Martinessi

Director/ Screenwriter 

Paraguayan, born in 1973 in Asunción (Paraguay)

Studied communication at the Catholic University of Asunción and cinema at the London Film School. His short films that revolve around literature and memory have been shown at the Berlinale, Clermont Ferrand, Kinoforum among other festivals. He was executive director of the first public TV in his country from the beginning of the project in 2010 until the coup d'état of June 2012. Capturing his nation’s trauma during that political chaos he wrote and directed 'La Voz Perdida', Best Short Film at Venice Film Festival in 2016.



2016, La Voz Perdida (Short Film)

2013, El Baldío (Short Film)

2011, Calle Última (Short Film)

2009, Karai Norte (Short Film)