HEIRESSES, THE (2018)
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize, the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Ana Brun) at the 2018 Berlinale, Marcelo Martinessi's debut feature centers on a longtime couple tested by financial strain and a dramatic change in circumstance. Chela (Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun) are both descended from Paraguay's upper crust, but after 30 years together, their financial situation is at an all-time low. When Chiquita is imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela begins chauffeuring wealthy older ladies around town to make ends meet and encounters the much younger Angy, suddenly finding herself in the throes of self-renewal. Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Silver Bear for Best Actress and Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, 2018 Berlin International Film Festival; Best Director and FIPRESCI Prize, 2018 Cartagena Film Festival; Grand Prize, 2018 Jeonju Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention, 2018 Seattle International Film Festival; Best Film, 2018 Sydney Film Festival; Official Selection, 2018 Edinburgh, Galway and New Zealand film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Marcelo Martinessi; PROD Sebastián Peña Escobar. Paraguay/Germany/Uruguay/Brazil/Norway/France, 2018, color, 95 min. In Spanish and Guarani with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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