Budapest Silo


  • 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.


Zsófia Paczolay
Nora Ananyan
Zsófia Paczolay, Bálint Bíró, DocNomads


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25', DCP, color
Spoken languages

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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