Felix Seuffert, South Africa, 2019

5 minutes, English with no subtitles

Conceived and produced in a time before global tragedy struck, 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?


Felix Seuffert, hailing from Germany, is a Cape Town- based Director and Cinematographer. 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. Parallel to his documentary work he branched out into commercial film directing and cinematography, with work for numerous global brands. Heirloom is his first venture into narrative writing and directing.

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