International Competition

A Robust Heart

Martín Benchimol
Screening time  
31.03. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 2  
01.04. / Saturday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 5  

Against a pristine blue background, butchers working in an Argentine abattoir talk about their work, but mostly about their private lives. With the fresh blood still on their white aprons, they engage in short conversations that touch on fathers and children (or their absence), on motivations and on deepest fears. In this simple but effective narrative, directed by Martín Benchimol, the son of a slaughterman, something meaningful about each of these butchers rises to the surface. Conversations with Argentinian slaughterhouse workers turn into an exploration of fatherhood, blood ties and masculinity.


Martín Benchimol

Martín Benchimol is an Argentine film director born in 1985. His latest film The Castle premiers at the 73rd Berlinale - Panorama, after winning the two Industry awards at Latam WIP - San Sebastian. The Dread (2017) premiered at IDFA, where it won the IDFA Award for Best Film. The River People (2012) premiered at DOK Leipzig. A Robust Heart (IDFA 2022) is his first short film.

General sponsor

Great Britain, USA, Argentina
2022, 12'

Directed by:
Martín Benchimol

Screenplay by:
Martín Benchimol

Martín Benchimol

Edited by:
Valeria Racioppi

Heidi Fleisher,Mike Paterson

Produced by:
Sandbox Films, Pfilm

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA (2022), Bafici (2023)