In the Language of Cowbells
(Kolompok nyelvén - Gyékénykoporsó)

documentary, digital, 26 minutes


The fields of Eastern Hungary were once grazed by large herds of cows. However, the chime of cowbells turned into the sound of funeral bells, as these large herds disappeared from small villages. Bálint Balla, one of the last of the local cow farmers, bid farewell to his herd then made a coffin for himself out of rushes and willow branches.

This short documentary uses a rich array of images, music and sound to depict a world that has now totally vanished from view.


Dezső Zsigmond Director
Dezső Zsigmond Screenplay
Miklós Szederkényi Producer
Gabriella Koncz Editor
Vince Kapcsos Sound
Dunatáj Alapítvány Production company
Zoltán Lovasi, Sándor Mohi, Tibor Bucsek Director of photography


Lagów International Film Festival - 2015
Vukovar Film Festival - 2015 (in competition)
Mar del Plata International Film Festival - 2015

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