Slagershart / A Butcher’s Heart

A film by: Marijn Frank

13-year-old Wessel is learning the tricks of the butcher trade from his patient grandfather, who assumes that his grandson will take over the family business. Wessel isn’t convinced— maybe he’d prefer to work with living animals. We learn that Wessel used to be bullied by classmates regarding his father’s profession. He questions their hypocrisy; do they think meat grows on trees? While the slaughterhouse scenes focus on the artisanal side of the business, the film also emphasizes the enormous freedom given to teenagers living in the countryside—where boys race around on their four-wheelers and breed rabbits for slaughter.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 15’
Completion: 10/2017
Genre: documentary
Themes: human interest, portrait, youth, food
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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Festivals:

  1. Cinekid Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 27 October, 2017)
    Docs Won: Cinekid Kinderkast Non-Fiction Award
  2. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (15 – 26 November, 2017)
    Kids&Docs Competition
  3. One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (5 – 14 March, 2018)
    Official Selection
  4. Internationaal Filmfestival Assen | Vrouw & Film, the Netherlands (11 – 12 March, 2018)
    KersVers Competition
  5. CPH:DOX, Denmark (15 – 25 March, 2018)
    School&Family Program
  6. Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (11 – 15 April, 2018)
    Educational Program
  7. DOKer – Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, Russia (12 – 17 April, 2018)
    Special Program
  8. Cinemambiente –  Environmental Film Festival, Italy (31 May – 5 June, 2018)
    Short Film Competition
  9. Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival, Brazil (31 May – 13 June, 2018)
    Official Selection
  10. Mo&Friese Children’s ShortfilmFestival Hamburg, Germany (3 – 10 June, 2018)
    Official Selection
  11. Kinookus Food Film Festival, Croatia (28 June – 1 July, 2018)
    Short Film Competition
  12. PELICAM International Film Festival, Romania (21 – 24 June, 2018)
    Short Film Competition
  13. Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival, Israel (10 – 14 July, 2018)
    Official Selection
  14. DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea (13 – 20 September, 2018)
    Kids&Youth Section
  15. Nederlands Film Festival, the Netherlands (27 September – 5 October, 2018)
    Educational Program
  16. DocFest Documentary Film Festival, the Netherlands (28 – 30 September, 2018)
    Official Selection
  17. Carrousel international du film de Rimouski, Canada (30 September – 7 October, 2018)
    Official Competition
  18. Heart of Gold International Film Festival, Australia (4 – 7 October, 2018)
    Official Competition
  19. One World Film Festival, Slovakia (11 – 16 October, 2018)
    Official Selection
  20. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, United States (19 – 27 October, 2018)
    Official Selection
  21. Devour! The Food Film Fest, Canada (23 – 28 October, 2018)
    Official Selection
  22. Filem’On – International Film Festival for Young Audiences, Belgium (24 October – 3 November, 2018)
    ECFA DOC Award Competition
  23. Doxs! Dokumentarfilme Für Kinder Und Jugendliche, Germany (5 – 11 November, 2018)
    Special program

Director: Marijn Frank
Screenplay: Marijn Frank
Producer: Docmakers: Fabie Hulsebos, Suzanne Raes
Cinematographer: Victor Horstink
Sound: Tim van Peppen
Sound Design: Alex Booy
Editor: Riekje Ziengs