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The Man Who Unfolded a Thousand Hearts


Production companies

Av. Diagonal 177. Edifici IMAGINA
08018 Barcelona, Catalonia

Contact Eva Peris Vega

+34 934 761 551
fax: +34 934 761 552

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Carrer de la TV3, s/n
08970 San Joan Despí, Catalonia

Contact Victor Carrera

+34 934 999 333
fax: +34 934 731 563

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Technical details

  • Year: 2008

  • Type: Documentary - Television

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Audience: General Audiences

  • Runtime: 56.00 '

  • Original version: Catalan

  • Other available versions: English , Spanish , Catalan , Valencian

  • Format: Colour, Other, Other,

  • Status: Completed

cast and crew

With the support of

  • ICEC (Catalan Institute for the Cultural Companies)

  • MEDIA Development

  • Ajuntament de Dènia


For centuries, the human heart was a medical mystery: its function was understood, but not its structure.

Paco Torrent Guasp, a family doctor in a coastal village in Spain, toiled alone during 20 years until he found the answer: the heart is a single muscular band folded over itself in a helical pattern.

His discovery is a medical revolution: doctors have now a map that allows them to understand what goes on when a heart fails. However, Paco had to fight for another 20 years just to see his work recognized.