Budapest Silo

Szabadkikötő

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

Available in Docs for Sale after the world premiere at IDFA.

József works at the largest still-operational grain silo in Budapest for 30 years and lives in a container home next to the structure, where trucks 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.

It’s dangerous work for József, 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.

Credits

Director
Zsófia Paczolay
Co-director
Nora Ananyan
Production
Zsófia Paczolay, Bálint Bíró, DocNomads

Contact

World Sales
Zsófia Paczolay
Festival Handling
Zsófia Paczolay

More information

Available versions
25', DCP, color
Spoken languages
Hungarian

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IDFA history

2022
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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