Heiresses, The: Paraguayan Marcelo Martiness’ Feature Debut Wins Major Awards at Berlin Film Fest

Winner of the best actress (Ana Brun) and the Alfred Bauer Silver Bears at this year’s Berlinale competition, Paraguayan Marcelo Martinessi’s “Las Herederas” (“The Heiresses”) has been sold by Luxbox to major distributors.

Martinessi’s feature debut is a character study with commentary on class, desire, and privilege of Paraguay’s elite.

The female-driven drama centers on a middle-aged Paraguayan woman, Chela (Brun), who is forced to live on her own and falls on financial hard times after her longtime partner, Chiquita (Margarita Irun), gets convicted on fraud charges.

“The Heiresses” received glowing reviews at the 2018 Berlinale, where it premiered. It also won the Fipresci award for a film in competition.