Budapest Silo


  • Zsófia Paczolay
  • Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium
  • 2022
  • 25 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

József works at the largest still-operational grain silo in Budapest. He’s been doing this work for more than 30 years, and lives in a container home next to the structure, where trucks and trains rumble past his window. When he is lowered into the ten-story-deep silos to clean them, he looks like a scuba diver at work. These scenes are captured with stunning, contrast-rich camerawork, and ably edited with a strong sound design.

It’s dangerous work for József, not least because he has been exposed to crop dust for many years now. The growing threat to his health could even lead to his death. But he can’t escape it. In fact he seems to have become an integral part of his environment. In the sublime closing scene, he performs a dazzling, dizzying dance in the silo—strapped to safety cables, but flying nonetheless.


  • 25 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Hungarian
  • Subtitles in: English
Zsófia Paczolay
Nora Ananyan
Zsófia Paczolay, Bálint Bíró, DocNomads
Ezequiel Salinas
Bálint Bíró

IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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