Communist authorities at Gdansk city initiate a smear campaign to discredit Maciek Tomczyk (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), a prominent Solidarity movement activist. They appoint Winkel (Marian Opania), a TV journalist, to infiltrate his inner circle. Making use of his credibility as a former anti-Communist protestor, Winkel interviews friends and colleagues to unearth knowledge of Maciek’s personal life. Despite never meeting face to face, Maciek provokes Winkel to look within himself, making the latter increasingly uncomfortable about his duplicitous function as an “informer” for the state.
Revisiting characters from Man of Marble, Andrzej Wajda provides a rich glimpse of life in Poland under communist regime. The film’s distinctive blend of actual newsreel footage of the Solidarity movement (including an appearance by Nobel Peace prize winner Lech Walesa) with a compelling drama of a journalist’s crisis of conscience makes Man of Iron (Palme d’Or recipient at the Cannes Film Festival) an indelible time capsule of a special moment in European history. —Mr Bongo
Like John Ford and Roberto Rossellini, Andrzej Wajda was anointed from his arrival on the world stage as the official film-maker of his country; the artist whose works best interpreted the dynamic changes of his nation’s history. Born in 1926 to an army officer and a school teacher, Wajda’s family was progressive in matters of culture and education. As it would for many young men of his generation, Wajda’s life was permanently altered by the Nazi Invasion of Poland in 1939; the event which marked the official start of the Second World War. Wajda went into hiding with his mother while his father was drafted into active duty. It was only in 1989 that Wajda received confirmation that his father was murdered in the Katyn Forest Massacre; an event which informed his 2007 film Katyn.
After the war, Wajda studied painting at the Kraków School of Fine Arts. However, Wajda became restless with his chosen medium and became inspired by reports of the formation of the National Film School… read more