The Heiresses

Fast Forward 2018 / Projections:
12/12/2018 / 20h30 / CIC ‘Budo Tomović’ – Dodest Scene / Podgorica

NasljedniceMarcelo Martinessi, Paraguay, Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, Norway, France, 2018, 98′

Director: Marcelo Martinessi
Screenplay: Marcelo Martinessi
Editor: Fernando Epstein
Producers: Hilde Berg, Tito Cabrera Vendeuvre, Agustina Chiarino, Fernando Epstein, Christoph Friedel, Marcelo Martinessi, Júlia Murat, Marina Perales, Sebastián Peña Escobar, Xavier Rocher, Claudia Steffen, Ivana Urizar


Chela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, in Paraguay, and 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 left alone. Forced to face a new reality, 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, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

About the author

Marcelo Martinessi was born in 1973 in Asunción, Paraguay. He studied communication before going to the London Film School. His work revolves around memory, identity and human rights in his home country. He has also researched on the relationship between cinema and literature, adapting short stories. He is known for directing ‘The Heiresses’ (2018), ‘The Lost Voice’ (2016) and ‘Karai norte’ (2009). His work has been shown at the Berlinale, Clermont Ferrand, Locarno and many other festivals, winning several international awards.

Festivals and awards

Berlin International Film Festival 2018 (Germany) –Two Silver Berlin Bears – Alfred Bauer Prize for special artistic contribution, Best Actress (Ane Brun), as well as International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI)
Cartagena Film Festival 2018 (Spain) – International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI), Golden India Catalina for Best Director
Athens International Film Festival 2018 (Greece) – Golden Athena
El Gouna International Film Festival 2018 (Egypt) – Bronze Star Feature Narrative Competition
Gramado Film Festival 2018 (Brasil) – Audience Award, four Golden Kikito – best film, best director, best actress, best screenplay, as well as Kikito Critics Prize
Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2018 (Spain) –Special Jury Award
Jeonju Film Festival 2018 (Korea) – Grand Prize at International Competition
LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT Film Festival 2018 (Spain) – Jury Prize for Best Film
Lima Latin American Film Festival 2018 (Peru) – Best Actress, Best First Work, International Critics Award Special Mention, Jury Prize
Ljubljana International Film Festival (Slovenia)
Molodist International Film Festival 2018 (Ukraine) – Sunny Bunny Prize for Best LGBT Film
Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2018 (Canada)
Mumbai Film Festival 2018 (India) – Silver Gateway Award in International Competition
Oslo Films from the South Festival 2018 (Norway)
Fenix Film Awards 2018 (Mexico) – Premio Fenix for Best Director
QCinema International Film Festival 2018 (Philippines)
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018 – Sebastian Award for Best Latin American Film
Santiago, International Film Festival (Chile) – Best Director in International Competition
Seattle International Film Festival 2018 (USA) – Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention
Stockholm Film Festival 2018 (Sweden)
Sydney Film Festival 2018 (Australia) – Sydney Film Prize for Best Film
Transylvania International Film Festival 2018 (Romania) – Transylvania Trophy for Best Film
Viña del Mar Film Festiva 2018 (Chile) – Grand Paoa for Best Film
World Cinema Amsterdam 2018 (The Netherlands) – Work Cinema Amsterdam Jury Award for Best Film