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BERLIN 2018 Market / France

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The Heiresses is Luxbox’s hopeful for the Bear

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- The French company will be at the EFM selling the feature debut by Marcelo Martinessi, selected in competition, plus a Karim Aïnouz documentary in Panorama

The Heiresses is Luxbox’s hopeful for the Bear
The Heiresses by Marcelo Martinessi

Two years after Hedi [+see also:
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 (which scooped two prizes), French international sales agent Luxbox will once again be able to pin its hopes on a feature debut selected in competition at Berlin (68th edition unspooling from 15-25 February 2018) when it heads to the European Film Market. This time around, the movie in question is The Heiresses [+see also:
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 by Marcelo Martinessi.

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Having won the Best Short Film Award in the Orizzonti section at Venice in 2016 with La Voz Perdida, the Paraguayan filmmaker wrote the screenplay for his feature debut himself. The film revolves around Chela and Chiquita, who 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. Starring Ana BrunMargarita Irún and Ana IvanovaThe Heiresses was produced by Paraguay (La Babosa Cine) with Germany (Pandora Film Produktion), Brazil (Esquina Producoes Artisticas), Uruguay (Mutante Cine), Norway (Norsk Filmproduksjon) and France (La Fábrica Nocturna). 

At Berlin, Luxbox, headed up by Fiorella Moretti and Hedi Zardi, will also have high hopes for a documentary set to be showcased in Panorama: THF: Central Airport [+see also:
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]
 by Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz (who rose to fame in the world of fiction in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2002 with Madame Satã, and took part in the Orizzonti section at Venice in 2006 and 2009 with Suely in the Sky [+see also:
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 and I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You, and in the Berlin competition in 2014 with Futuro Beach [+see also:
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). His new film delves into the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport, whose hangars today serve as the biggest emergency reception centre for asylum seekers, including 18-year-old Syrian man Ibrahim, who is the main character in this feature being produced by Germany (Lupa Film), France (Les Films d’Ici) and Brazil (Mar Films). 

Since it was founded in October 2015, Luxbox has rapidly made a name for itself in the highly competitive world of international sales, boasting top-notch titles such as A Ciambra [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile
]
by Jonas Carpignano, Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bruno Dumont
film profile
]
by Bruno Dumont, Mimosas [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Oliver Laxe
film profile
]
by Oliver Laxe, They by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Frost [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sharunas Bartas
film profile
]
by Sharunas Bartas, Apprentice [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Boo Junfeng, Barrage [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Laura Schroeder
film profile
]
by Laura Schroeder, Marija [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Michael Koch
film profile
]
by Michael Koch and Cocote [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias.

(Translated from French)

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