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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  • Cinekid Festival, the Netherlands (21 – 27 October, 2017)
    Docs Won: Cinekid Kinderkast Non-Fiction Award
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (15 – 26 November, 2017)
    Kids&Docs Competition
  • One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (5 – 14 March, 2018)
    Official Selection
  • Internationaal Filmfestival Assen | Vrouw & Film, the Netherlands (11 – 12 March, 2018)
    KersVers Competition
  • CPH:DOX, Denmark (15 – 25 March, 2018)
    School&Family Program
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (11 – 15 April, 2018)
    Educational Program
  • DOKer – Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, Russia (12 – 17 April, 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