South African Film Festival

Leemtes en Leegheid

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Ingrid Jonker’s heartbreaking poem “Jy het my gesterf…”, is the pivot around which this short film revolves. This moving short tells the story of Magdaleen, a lonely widow trapped in the waves of loss. Magdaleen creates an imaginary version of her deceased husband to process the end of a lifetime’s love, but it also prevents her from entering the outside world and seeing the sea again, which she longs for. Lida Botha delivers a tour de force as Magdaleen alongside her husband of more than fifty years, Johan Botha. Another veteran, Ivan Abrahams, plays the role of Magdaleen’s new neighbor who shares her love for Ingrid Jonker’s poetry and in his own way becomes a mirror image of her longing to find closure.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    27 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    South Africa
  • Rating
    15+ Unless accompanied by an adult
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  • Director
    Jordy Sank
  • Screenwriter
    Jordy Sank, Terence Makapan
  • Producer
    Gabriella Blumberg, Samantha Pelteret
  • Cast
    Lida Botha, Johan Botha, Ivan Abrahams
  • Cinematographer
    Rick Joaquim
  • Editor
    Esther Badenhorst
  • Composer
    Edward George King
  • Sound Design
    Morné Marais