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Wednesday 28 August 2019
10.00 am, 2.30 pm, 5.00 pm & 7.15 pm

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi

Paraguay/France (sub-titled)


98 mins M

Chela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, 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. The Heiresses has won 36 International awards.


“This subtle, beautifully acted and in many ways remarkable debut is an exciting discovery from an unexpected source.” – David Stratton, The Australian

The Heiresses is a tickling, near-perfect tragicomedy from Paraguay. The nuances are so fine you could slip them between adjacent atoms.” Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

“The results achieved here are all the more remarkable when you learn it is the work of a first-time filmmaker, coaching actors who have spent most of their careers in live theatre.” –  Leigh Paatsch, Sun Herald