Zsófia Paczolay
Budapest Silo
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Budapest Silo

Budapest Silo

Zsófia Paczolay

24 min.
Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium
Subtitles: Catalan and English

József has been working for over 30 years at the largest still-operational grain silo in Budapest


Zsófia Paczolay

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. 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.

About the direction
Zsófia Paczolay

Zsófia Paczolay


Zsófia Paczolay is a freelance art worker based in Europe with a background in architecture and film...

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FIPADOC - International documentary film festival
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Awards and festivals

Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival - Best Short Film
Serbia, 2023
Zsigmond Vilmos Festival - Critics Choice Awards
Hongria, 2023
Prilep International Film Festival - Best Sound
Macedonia, 2023
Zsófia Paczolay
Budapest Silo
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