​​Having worked as a housekeeper all her life, Justina inherits from her former employer a mansion in the middle of the Argentinian pampas. Under one condition: she must never leave. In this modern fairytale, Justina and her daughter Alexia will face the challenges of keeping that promise alive.


Martín Benchimol

Martín Benchimol (b. 1985) is an Argentine film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

He has directed two feature documentaries. “El Espanto” (The Dread, 2017), premiered at IDFA where it was awarded the IDFA AWARD for Best Film; and “La gente del río” (The River People, 20212) premiered at DOK Leipzig. In 2022 he premiered the short film “Un corazón más contundente” (A Robust Heart), produced by Sandbox Films (U.S.A.) and PFilm (U.K.), in the IDFA short film competition.

Martín is a graduate from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), where he teaches filmmaking at the Documentary Graduate Program. 

EL CASTILLO is Martín’s solo feature film debut.


2012 La gente del río / The River People (63′)

2017 El Espanto / The Dread (67′) – IDFA 2018 

2022 Un corazón más contundente / A Robust Heart (12’)

2023 El Castillo / The Castle (78′)


DIRECTED BY Martín Benchimol
PRODUCED BY Mayra Bottero - Gema Juárez Allen & Clarisa Oliveri (Gema Films)
CO PRODUCED BYHeidi Fleisher - Julie Paratian (SISTER productions)
WITHJustina Olivo - Alexia Olivo
DOPNico Miranda - Fernando Lorenzale
EDITINGAna Remón - José Goyeneche
SOUND DESINGSofía Straface
ORIGINAL SCOREJosé Manuel Gattica
WITH THE SUPPORT OF INCAA, Cinémas du Monde, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Region Nouvelle Aquitaine, World Cinema Fund + Europe, San Sebastián International Film Festival, IDFA Project Space, Campus Latino


  • WIP LATAM San Sebastian – Premios PREMIO LATAM INDUSTRY AWARD y EGEDA Platino al mejor proyecto en proceso.
  • Berlinale Panorama  2023 (World Premiere)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Grecia)
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
  • Honk Kong IFF (Honk Kong) – Best Director Award
  • Hot Docs IFF (Canada)
  • Jeonju IFF (South Korea)
  • Docaviv (Israel)
  • Sheffield Doc FF (UK)
  • Brussels IFF (Belgium)­