The Heiresses


Free Loft Cinema Member screening on Friday, February 22 at 7:00pm.

Paraguay’s Official Submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award! Thanks to our community partner, Lesbian Looks Film Series, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary!

Chela and Chiquita, together for over thirty years, find their relationship tested by financial difficulties despite both coming from wealthy Paraguayan families.

“NYT Critics’ Pick! A vivid and affecting character study … its clear-eyed sensitivity makes it a satisfying movie.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

As their situation worsens, they begin selling off their inherited family treasures to alleviate some of their troubles. Chiquita, however, is imprisoned for fraud. Alone and still burdened by debt, Chela takes an offer from her older wealthy neighbor, Piqua, to drive her to her weekly card games. Soon, her new private taxi service expands to include the young, flirty, and complex Angy, with whom Chela instantly connects. Forced out of her comfort zone, Chela embarks on a long-awaited journey of independence and self-discovery. The feature film debut of director Marcello Martinessi (who was influenced by the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and who describes the film as “a coming-of-age film for a 60-year-old woman”), The Heiresses was selected as Paraguay’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. (Dir. by Marcello Martinessi, 2018, Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/France, in Spanish/Guarani with English subtitles, 98 mins., Not Rated)