The Heiresses 98 mins

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Winner of both the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actress and the prestigious Alfred Bauer Prize for opening new perspectives, writer/director Marcelo Martinessi’s stunning debut drama THE HEIRESSES is an immersive and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the privileged, through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis.

Asunción, Paraguay, 2013. Sixty-somethings Chela (Ana Brun, superb in her debut performance) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), both descendants of rich families, have been living together for more than thirty years, largely insulated from the troubles of the outside world. Times have changed, however, and with personal debts mounting, the pair is forced to sell off precious heirlooms. Ultimately the financial situation proves untenable, and convicted of petty fraud, Chiquita is sent to prison by a court order.

Suddenly, the long-sheltered Chela must fend for herself. Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly begins working as a chauffeur for the other wealthy women of the neighbourhood. The changed circumstances lead her to, perhaps for the first time, contemplate her life and choices…

Subtle, perfectly modulated and impeccably performed, Martinessi exquisitely balances a rich character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire and privilege, telling an intimate and serenely rewarding story of loss, loyalty and self-determination. Deservedly awarded best feature film at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival, THE HEIRESSES is, indeed, a jewel. (Spanish and Guarani with English subtitles)

★★★★★ “Near-perfect. Lovingly and exquisitely delineated.” THE FINANCIAL TIMES
★★★★ “Beautiful. An elegant masterpiece. Meticulously captured, bursting with love and heartache.” THE UPCOMING

"The Heiresses is a tender drama of female awakening and queer romance in politically conservative Paraguay." ABC Arts

“Persuasive and moving. A sharply detailed and perceptive study of class and personal awakening.”   THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

Winner Sydney Film Festival 2018 – Best Film

Winner Berlin Film Festival 2018 – Best Actress6t

Official Selection – 2019 Academy Awards

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Monday, 17 June
10:30AM 2:40PM 8:40PM 
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Thursday, 20 June
1:00PM 9:20PM 
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Wednesday, 26 June
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4stars
This subtle, beautifully acted and in many ways remarkable debut is an exciting discovery from an unexpected source
David Stratton, The Australian
4stars
An air of intimacy...a small tale with wider themes that resonate wherever you may live.
Sandra Hall, Spectrum

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