MARCELO MARTINESSI | PARAGUAY | 2018 | 98 MIN

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. 

AWARDS

2018 | FIPRESCI Prize, Berlinale

2018 | Silver Bear, Best Actress, Berlinale

2018 | Silver Bear, Best Director, Berlinale  

  

Q & A with Leading Actress Ana Brun

Ana Brun is a very well known actress appearing, from a very young age, on the Paraguayan theatrical stage.

Ana Bruns involvement in the film, The Heiresses, was unexpected and the result of Paraguayan filmmaker - Pata Pila Gonzalez Bruns suggestion to the director Marcelo Martinessi that she would be perfect for the leading role in film. Several successful screen tests proved the idea to be correct. Already in retirement, however, Ana was at first reluctant to take up the challenge, but eventually she decided to accept the offer, reigniting her passion in acting once again.

Doubts resurfaced after the start of the filming and on several occasions she was on the verge of giving up, especially in light of the theme which would no doubt be (and prove to so) controversial to the Paraguayan public.

"Our society finds it hard to be scandalized by theft and corruption, but it is outraged at homosexual couples! In the film we try to show these very limitations, taboos and try to educate."  

  

 

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