A Robust Heart

Un corazón más contundente

  • Martín Benchimol
  • Argentina, United States, United Kingdom
  • 2022
  • 12 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, Focus: Around Masculinity

Against a pristine blue background, butchers working in an Argentine abattoir talk about their work—how to cut a heart from a carcass, for example—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, something meaningful about each of these butchers rises to the surface. And the director reveals something about himself as well.


  • 12 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Martín Benchimol
Heidi Fleisher / PFilm, Mike Paterson / PFilm
Executive producer
Jessica Harrop for Sandbox Films, Greg Boustead for Sandbox Films
Martín Benchimol
Valeria Racioppi

IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Focus: Around Masculinity

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