This honour follows hot on the heels of Sank and Blumberg’s debut award-winning feature I am Here, a documentary about one of the last living Holocaust survivors, which recently played in over 85 theatres across America and won Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.
Leemtes en Leegheid is a poignant film about Magdaleen, a recluse in her 80s, who numbs the pain of losing her husband by envisioning him beside her. After being locked away with the memory of him in her apartment, she desperately attempts to venture into the outside world again and to the sea she so longs for.
Produced by Sanktuary Films, with a screenplay by Jordy Sank, and Terence Makapan, the film features veteran actors of stage and screen, Lida Botha, Johan Botha and Ivan Abrahams. Lida and Johan have been married for over 50 years and intimately portrayed their love on screen.
“We have seen how this story of grief and isolation has resonated so widely, and we hope it brings comfort and closure to those who watch it,” says producer Gabriella Blumberg. “We are honoured that the film has received such high recognition at Silwerskermfees and we hope it travels to audiences around the world.”
“Within the past few years we have all experienced tremendous loss and loneliness in many shapes and forms, which is why we believe the story of “Leemtes en Leegheid” truly resonates with audiences,” says director Jordy Sank. “It is an intimate film that explores what happens when we have to learn to live without those we love so dearly. Winning the Audience Choice, Best Short Film and Best Script Awards at Silwerskermfees show how deeply the themes and characters within the film are able to penetrate the hearts of those who watch it.”
The short film will be coming to Showmax soon.