The Heiresses (2018 film)

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The Heiresses
The Heiresses (2018 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byMarcelo Martinessi
Produced bySebastián Peña Escobar
Marcelo Martinessi
Written byMarcelo Martinessi
StarringAna Brun, Margarita Irún
Anna Ivanova
CinematographyLuis Armando Arteaga
Edited byFernando Epstein
Distributed byLuxbox
Release date
  • 16 February 2018 (2018-02-16) (Berlin)
  • 4 May 2018 (2018-05-04) (Paraguay)
Running time
95 minutes

The Heiresses (Spanish: Las herederas; German: Die Erbinnen) is a 2018 Paraguayan drama film directed by Marcelo Martinessi. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where Ana Brun won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.[1][2] The film was also selected as the Paraguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated,[3][4] for the Best Iberoamerican Film at the 33rd Goya Awards, and for the Best Iberoamerican Film at the 61st Ariel Awards.


Chela and Chiquita, brought up in wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have lived together in a lesbian relationship for over 30 years. Their financial situation has now worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions.

When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned for fraud, 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.[5]



Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Teddy Awards Readers' Award Marcelo Martinessi Won
Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Ana Brun Won
Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear) Marcelo Martinessi Won
Giuseppe Becce Won
Fénix Awards Best Film Marcelo Martinessi Nominated
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Debut Film Won
Best Cinematography Luis Armando Arteaga Nominated
Best Art Direction Carlo Spatuzza Nominated
Best Sound Daniel Turini, Fernando Henna,
Rafael Álvarez, Ariel Hernique
Cartagena Film Festival Best Director Marcelo Martinessi Won
Transilvania International Film Festival[6] Transilvania Trophy Marcelo Martinessi Won
2019 Platino Awards Best Actress Ana Brun Won
Best Screenplay Marcelo Martinessi Nominated
Best Ibero-American First Film Won
Film and Education Values Nominated
Best Cinematography Luis Armando Arteaga Nominated

Critical reception[edit]

On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Heiresses holds an approval rating of 97% based on 58 reviews, with an average rating of 7.83/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Led by a standout performance from Ana Brun, The Heiresses takes a thoroughly compelling look at lives little explored by mainstream cinema."[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Fleshes Out Competition Lineup". Variety. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Press Releases: 68th Berlinale". 15 January 2018. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ ""Las Herederas" será nuestra representante en los Premios Oscar, Goya y Ariel 2019". Academia de Cine del Paraguay. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ Mango, Agustin (10 September 2018). "Oscars: Paraguay Selects 'The Heiresses' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ "The Heiresses". Luxbox. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Câștigătorii TIFF 2018". Transilvania International Film Festival (in Romanian). 3 June 2018.
  7. ^ "The Heiresses Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ "The Heiresses (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 March 2019.

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