New York City Premiere
Dir. Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/France, 2018, 98 mins
Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun) are a middle aged lesbian couple living in present day Asunción, Paraguay. Descendants of Paraguayan aristocracy, the women have enjoyed a silver spoon lifestyle together for thirty years. When the couple is abruptly hit by financial hardship, they scramble to find work and auction off their respective heirlooms—silver spoons included—to stay afloat. When Chiquita is imprisoned for her fraudulent side hustle, Chela begins working as a taxi driver, gradually building new relationships and autonomy for the first time in her life. Each caged—one by a gutted lovenest, the other by razor wire—an irremediable distance grows between the two women.
Set in writer-director Marcelo Martinessi’s hometown, THE HEIRESSES embraces minimal dialogue, a twilight palette, and unconventional beauty to tell a melancholy yet satisfying story of new beginnings.
Writer: Marcelo Martinessi
Cast: Ana Brun, Ana Ivanova, Regina Duarte, Margarita Irun