Melbourne Filmoteca 2019 ACMI + Melbourne Filmoteca present

The Heiresses

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This debut feature from Paraguayan writer/director Marcelo Martinessi stars remarkable newcomer Ana Brun as Chela, a socially-withdrawn upper class woman who finds herself adrift when domineering partner Chiquita (Margarita Irun) is sent to prison for fraud. As the maid sells off family treasures, Chela finds freedom in Chiquita’s Mercedes.

Becoming a cash-in-hand Uber for the neighbourhood ladies that lunch, she quickly opens up to a more independent life, as inspired by the raw sexual charisma of one of the ladies’ feisty younger daughters (Ana Ivanova). Taking home both the FIPRESCI prize and the Silver Berlin Bear from last year’s Berlinale, this emotionally intelligent treat also scooped the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival.