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Interview: Marcelo Martinessi – The Heiresses (Las Herederas) | 2018 Berlin Intl. Film Festival

Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi‘s feature debut is one of the more unique queer cinema film examples of recent memory in terms of offering a glimpse into homosexuality via a demographic that is not often cinematically put on display. Commencing with the happy partnership between Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun), The Heiresses delves into the notion of love, interdependence, ageism and what occurs when the affluent…are forcibly placed into a different demographic circle. This seismic shift asks the character of Chiquita to reevaluate her status and her future, and what is remarkable is how her own desire becomes an obstacle of sorts.…
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter Wage ‘An Acceptable Loss’; ‘The Heiresses’, ‘Adult Life Skills’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview

January continues its slow roll on the Specialty side this weekend with very few anticipated limited releases. IFC Films has the headliner of the weekend with political thriller An Acceptable Loss starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Chicago Fire director Joe Chappelle wrote and directed the title after finding inspiration from two documentaries by Errol Morris. Brooklyn-based Distrib Films believes it found an under-the-radar gem in last year’s Berlin Film Festival with The Heiresses, which took two Silver Bears at the event in the German capital.

Other openers this weekend include Screen Media’s 2016 Tribeca Nora Ephron prize-winner Adult Life Skills, as well as Freestyle Digital Media’s I Hate The Kids and Rlj Entertainment’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek.

An Acceptable Loss

Director-writer: Joe Chappelle

Cast: Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Tavassoli, Jeff Hephner

Distributor: IFC Films

Veteran TV director Joe Chappelle had the idea
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10 Films to See in January

While you catch up on the best films of 2018, it’s time to turn to the handful of highlights as we enter the first month of the new year. Along with a handful of festival favorites finally getting U.S. releases, there are a few promising studio features amongst Hollywood’s dumping ground.

Matinees to See: Communion (1/4), Rust Creek (1/4), Buffalo Boys (1/11), The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (1/18), Girl (1/18), Adult Life Skills (1/18)

10. State Like Sleep (Meredith Danluck; Jan. 1)

Starring Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon, State Like Sleep follows a widow who must dig up a dark past a year after her husband died. A premiere at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year where it received favorable reviews, it looks like a strong showcase for the Inherent Vice star as she goes down the rabbit hole of a criminal underworld.

9. Touch Me Not (Adina Pintilie; Jan. 11)

After winning Berlinale nearly a year ago,
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‘Rojo,’ ‘The Heiresses’ Set U.S. Release via 1844 Ent., Distrib Films (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Madrid — 1844 Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Benjamín Naishtat’s “Rojo,” whose theatrical and home entertainment release will be handled by Distrib Films Us, headed by François Scippa-Kohn.

Theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles are planned for spring 2019, followed by main other markets nationwide, said Distrib Films Us president Scippa-Kohn.

Closed in the run-up to Ventana Sur, the deal builds on a budding U.S. release partnership already in place for Paraguay Oscar entry “The Heiresses,” acquired like “Rojo” from Luxbox, Hedi Zardi and Fiorella Moretti’s Paris-based sales agent.

The partnership between 1844 Entertainment and Distrib Films Us forms part of a wider deal including other titles such as Iranian Oscar submission “No Date No Signature.”

Taking in two of the biggest Latin American arthouse titles of the year, the sales confirm 1844 Ent. and Distrib Films as a burgeoning U.S. outlet for Latin American and
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Us Trailer for Paraguay's Academy Awards Submission 'The Heiresses'

"Dare yourself..." Distrib Films has debuted an official Us trailer for an drama from Paraguay titled The Heiresses (or originally Las Herederas in Spanish), which is Paraguay's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards this year. This originally premiered at the Berlin Film Festival at the beginning of this year, then went on to play at a great number of festivals all over the world throughout 2018. The film is about a woman who decides to start a local taxi service when she runs out of her inherited money, meeting a young new friend along the way. Described as a "character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire, and the lingering privileges of Paraguay's elite." The film stars Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, María Martins, & Alicia Guerra. See below. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Marcelo Martinessi's The Heiresses, from
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Exclusive U.S. Trailer for Berlinale Winner ‘The Heiresses,’ Paraguay’s Oscar Entry

Premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, Marcelo Martinessi’s debut film The Heiresses went on to win both the Best Actress prize (for Ana Brun’s lead performance) and the Alfred Bauer Prize. Since its Berlinale debut, the drama has enjoyed a lengthy, acclaimed festival run and is Paraguay’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Courtesy of Distrib Film Us, it will now arrive in the U.S. this January and we’re pleased to premiere the new trailer.

Martinessi’s film follows an upper-class couple in Paraguay who hit financial troubles as they adjust to the hardships of their new situation. Variety said in their review that it’s “a finely-crafted, beautifully realized debut that exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire, and the lingering privileges of Paraguay’s elite.” Also starring Margarita Irún and Ana Ivanova, see our
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Paraguay’s Academy Award Entry for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘The Heiresses’

Paraguay’s Academy Award Entry for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘The Heiresses’
Love, the only possible salvation for humanity is explored in a different way in the Paraguayan film The Heiresses directed by Marcelo Martinessi. This is his first feature though he has made shorts and TV series.

This story of Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción who have been together for over 30 years as their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions.

When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality alone. 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,
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10 Highlights from the 30th Edition of Newfest, NYC’s Premier Lgbt Film Festival

NewFest kicks off on Wednesday, celebrating the 30th year of New York City’s premier queer film festival. Each year, NewFest presents some of the buzziest titles from all over the world, but it also plays home to brand-new fiction films and documentaries that you can’t see anywhere else.

International titles with strong acclaim are some of the best films in this year’s slate, many making their NYC debuts: the Kenyan lesbian love story Rafiki, which premiered at Cannes, is the festival’s International Centerpiece; Mario from the Locarno Film Festival; and Hard Paint from the Berlin Film Festival. Yen Tan’s critically acclaimed AIDS drama 1985 starring Cory Michael Smith will open the festival, followed by Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased as the U.S. Centerpiece. NewFest closes out with Making Montgomery Clift, directed by the actor’s nephew Robert Anderson Clift and Hillary Demmon.

We selected 10 titles
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Marcelo Martinessi's 'The Heiresses' wins top prize at Athens Film Festival

Other winners included Museo (Museum), In den Gangen (In the Aisles) and Andid Edlilega (And Breathe Normally).

The Heiresses (Las herederas) by Marcelo Martinessi has won the best film award (Golden Athena) at the 24th Athens International Film Festival (September 19-30).

The film, an international coproduction by Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, Brazil, Norway and France, is a socially charged drama placing a loving couple of two mid aged women in a stressful situation of intense imbalance. It is sold worldwide by French outfit Luxbox.

Paraguayan Martinessi’s debut premiered in Berlinale last February where it won the Alfred Bauer award for best first film,
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Latest Oscar submissions include Hungary's 'Sunset', Russia's 'Sobibor'

Latest Oscar submissions include Hungary's 'Sunset', Russia's 'Sobibor'
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Russia's WWII drama 'Sobibor', Paraguay's 'The Heiresses' submitted to Oscars

Russia's WWII drama 'Sobibor', Paraguay's 'The Heiresses' submitted to Oscars
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Russia, Hungary, Paraguay Select Foreign Language Oscar Hopefuls

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Russia, Hungary and Paraguay have selected their Foreign Language Oscar hopefuls.

Hungary has chosen Venice Film Festival Competition drama Sunset from director Laszlo Nemes who won the Foreign Language Oscar in 2016 for Son Of Saul. Sony Classics handles Sunset, which is set in Budapest on the brink of World War I.

Juli Jakab (Son Of Saul) stars as a young woman orphaned at an early age, who arrives in the city looking for work at a successful hat store that used to belong to her parents. Repelled by the new owner, she becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding her long-lost brother.

Meanwhile, Russia has selected Sobibor as its choice in the category. Konstantin Khabensky’s World War II film is based on the true story of an uprising in the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp in 1943, led by Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. The pic was released in Russia in May, taking
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Oscars: Paraguay Selects 'The Heiresses' for Foreign-Language Category

Oscars: Paraguay Selects 'The Heiresses' for Foreign-Language Category
The Paraguayan Academy of Film Arts and Sciences has chosen Marcelo Martinessi's The Heiresses to compete in the foreign-language film category at the 2019 Oscars, as well as for the Spanish Goya and Mexico's Ariel awards.

Martinessi's debut film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of Chela (Ana Brun), a withdrawn, middle-aged gay woman who is forced to navigate a life separated from her partner of 30 years.

The Hollywood Reporter's review described the drama as one that "builds emotional involvement by infinitesimal degrees through its acute observation of characters and ...
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San Sebastian announces Horizontes Latinos titles by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-08-10 19:56:45

The Heiresses San Sebastian Film festival has announced the 12 Latin American films that will compete for its Horizontes Latinos Award this September, including films from Carlos Reygadas, Ana Katz and Beatriz Seigner.

Marcelo Martinessi's The Heiresses (Las Herederas) - which opens in UK cinemas today - will be the opening night film for the section. He and some of his cast will be in the Spanish town with the film that tells the story of a woman, who finds herself blossoming after her long-time lover is incarcerated (read what he told us about the film here.

Other films in the line-up include Katz's Sueño Florianópolis, which recently won the Fipresci prize in Karlovy Vary, Reygadas' In Our Time, which will receive its world premiere in competition in Venice, and Seigner's magic realism-inflected Los Silencios.

Twelve films...
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The Heiresses review – late love and secret passion

The relationship between two wealthy older women is threatened when one of them is jailed and the other begins an unexpected flirtation

We’ve all seen films about old people who experience a poignant and bittersweet late-life flowering. But not that many about a well-off, elderly lady in Paraguay whose love life starts to come into its own only after her gay lover is sent to jail. This excellent debut movie from writer-director Marcelo Martinessi, an award-winner at this year’s Berlin film festival, is a secret love story set among the complacent wealthy gerontocracy of the nation’s capital, Asunción. It reminded me weirdly of Hollywood movies such as Driving Miss Daisy or Harold and Maude or The Trip to Bountiful, but with its own singular flavour. There is also a little bit of Dickens in the sharp social satire, the chattery world of card-playing and the chaos of the debtors’ prison.
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‘The Heiresses’ Review. Dir: Marcelo Martinessi (2018)

The Heiresses review: Ana Brun is a revelation in Martinessi’s quiet powerhouse of a film.

The Heiresses review by Abi Silverthorne.

It is the rarest of things: the contemporary, original story that somehow feels archaic – entrenched in fairytale. Even rarer: a film that feels so classical and so new at once.

Retired Paraguayan aristocrat Chela feels old and new. Old, because her body and social skills are weary and her three decade long relationship with fellow Heiress, and lover, Chiquita, even wearier. New, because when her (if by-now reluctant) partner in all things Chiquita must face their debts with a stint of prison time under fraud, she is left stranded – baffled and blinking – like a newborn in the dawn of an even more lonesome life.

She lives in a mansion that is old but stripped anew; when strangers must come into the ancient hall and choose which china and
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Trailer and Poster released for The Heiresses

Thunderbird Releasing has dropped the trailer and official poster for Marcelo Martinessi’s The Heiresses.

Read our review of the film here

Written and directed by Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi, the film premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival winning Silver Bear for Best Actress and the Alfred Bauer (Silver Bear) and Fipresci prizes for Best Film.

The film stars Ana Brun, Margarita Irun and Ana Ivanova.

Also in trailers – First trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass debuts

The film hits cinemas August 10.

The Heiresses Official Synopsis

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened, and they begin to sell off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead fo Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality as she begins to break out of her shell
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UK Trailer & Poster Land For Festival Award-Winner ‘The Heiresses’

The new UK trailer and poster for The Heiresses, the film which took the Silver Bear for Ana Brun at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, have arrived online. The film opens in cinemas next month.

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened, and they begin to sell off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead fo Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality as she begins to break out of her shell to explore a personal and intimate revolution…

The Heiresses opens in UK cinemas on August 10th. Here’s the new trailer.

The post UK Trailer & Poster Land For Festival Award-Winner <em>‘The Heiresses’</em> appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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The Heiresses Review

Director Marcelo Martinessi commands an all-female cast for his debut film The Heiresses, which stars Ana Brun and Margarita Irún as homosexual partners Chela and Chiquita. After living off the wealth of both their ancestors, they start to struggle financially and have no other choice but to sell their inherited possessions. From then on, things only seem to go downhill as Chiquita gets sent to prison on fraud charges.

Both Chela and Chiquita, who have been together for over 30 years, rely solely on each other for support and stability but when that gets taken away from them, Chela is forced to cope on her own as she faces a brand-new reality. From having each other in their lives constantly for 30 years to seeing each other once a week, it’s rare to see a couple fit so easily into their new lives away from each other. It’s almost as
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Quiet, Powerful, Award-Winning Slow Burn ‘The Heiresses’ [Transilvania Review]

The visiting women — and it is always women — appraise the neatly laid out ornaments, cutlery and linens in a large colonial drawing room with impatient disinterest. They’re like already sated carrion birds idly picking at a carcass. Or that’s how they must look to Chela (Berlin Best Actress Ana Brun), the timorous mistress of this once-plush Paraguayan home, who watches its gradual dismantling with startled, dismayed eyes from shadowy hallways through doors that creak ajar.

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