Conceived and produced in a time when a global pandemic was still the material of dystopian visions, Heirloom confronts us with the possibility of sudden loss and the need for consolation that may come in the most varied forms. Now, in a time where death seems so much closer, the film gains an almost visionary relevance. Following Caro, who, lost in grief after the death of her partner, discovers an unexpected parting gift, Heirloom examines the impact of loss and the power of a thoughtful gesture. Almost entirely without dialogue, the film harnesses strong performance and simple, lingering visuals to arrive at the question: What will you leave behind?

Despite the dark subject matter it deals with, the film unleashes an infectious energy that opens our eyes for the road ahead in a time when all we know and treasure seems to lie behind us.

  • Felix Seuffert
    Port Nolloth: Between A Rock And A Hard Place
  • Felix Seuffert
    Port Nolloth: Between A Rock And A Hard Place
  • Anna Telford
    Battle for Haditha
  • Jessica Schipper
  • Jennifer Steyn
    Key Cast
    Vagrant Queen, Kanarie
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    4 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
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    South Africa
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    South Africa
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Director Biography - Felix Seuffert

Hailing from Germany, Felix Seuffert is a Cape Town based Director and Cinematographer. With a degree in photojournalism and after a career in the field, he moved into documentary filmmaking when relocating to South Africa in 2010. After winning a SAFTA for Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature for his involvement in Simon Wood’s widely acclaimed ‘Forerunners’, Felix went on to write, produce and direct ‘Port Nolloth – Between A Rock And A Hard Place’, a short documentary that premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and went on to win 4 SAFTAs in 2015. Another SAFTA was awarded for his camera work on ‘Orbis’, a short documentary directed by Simon Wood that premiered at Hot Docs. Parallel to his documentary work he branched out into commercial film directing and cinematography, with work for numerous global brands. Heirloom is first venture into narrative writing and directing.

Alongside his wife Anna Telford, Felix is co-founder and co-owner of Butterfly Films, a Cape Town based film production company with a focus on all kinds of short form content.

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