BUDAPEST SILO

INFO

Director

Zsófia Paczolay

Genre

Documentario

Duration

24’

Year

2022

Nationality

Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium

Synopsys

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.

STILLS

CREDITS

Director

Zsófia Paczolay

Genre

Documentary

Duration

24′

Nationality

Ungheria, Portogallo, Belgio, Albania

Co-director

Nora Ananyan

Editing

Bálint Bíró

Sound recording

Zsófia Paczolay

Cinematography

Ezequiel Salinas

Sound design & mixing

Bálint Bíró,
Ádám Gyöngyösi

Music

Andor Sperling

Production

DocNomads

Producer

Zsófia Paczolay, Bálint Bíró

AWARDS AND SELECTIONS

2022
World Premiere - DOC Alliance
35. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2023
Best Short Film
15. Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival
2023
Best Short Film
20. Festiwal Filmowy Millennium Docs Against Gravity
2023
Audience Award Winner
11. Friss Hús Budapest Short Film Festival
2023
Official Selection
7. Zsigmond Vilmos Film Festival
2023
2nd Prize Winner
8. IsReal – Festival di Cinema del Reale
2023
Turkish Premiere
16. Documentarist Istanbul Film Festival
2023 - EFA ® QUALIFYING
Official Selection
22. Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival
2023
Special Mention
9. MDOC - Festival Internacional de Documentário de Melgaço
2023
Jury Special Mention
5. Castrovillari Film Festival
2023
Official Selection
13. Kaohsiung Film Festival
2023
Official Selection
6. BEAST International Film Festival
2023
Official Selection
4. PLONS! International Short Documentary Film Festival
2023 - OSCAR ® QUALIFYING
Official Selection
39. interfilm Festival
2023 - OSCAR ® QUALIFYING
Official Selection
31. EnergaCAMERIMAGE
2023 - OSCAR ® QUALIFYING
Official Selection
24. Izmir International Short Film Festival
2023
Official Selection
29. Caminhos Film Festival
2023
Special Mention
20. Verzió International Documentary Film Festival
2023
Critics' Choice Award
7. Zsigmond Vilmos Festival
2023
Best Sound
8. Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival
2024
Official Selection
6. FIPADOC - International Documentary Festival
2024
Official Selection
27. International Film Festival ZOOM – ZBLIŻENIA
2024
Official Selection
9. Filmfest Bremen
2024
Official Selection
10. Alexandria Short Film Festival
2024
Audience Award
18. Ethnocineca
2024
Winner Dog Award
64. Zlín Film Festival
2024
Official Selection
22. One Shot Film Festival

Zsófia Paczolay

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BIO

Zsófia Paczolay is a freelance art worker based in Europe with a background in architecture and filmmaking. She is working on documentary films in different corners of the world – now mainly with a small Hungarian collective – with the intention of showing them in cinemas, community houses, and other, inappropriate locations. As a space/idea/film-maker she’s collaborating with the Moha performance group in diverse projects which are engaging with different groups of people, neighbourhoods on the peripheries and public space mainly in the Netherlands, and in Germany. She is interested in boundaries, how to connect to people and reduce harm.

FILMOGRAPHY

Budapest Silo

2022