Man of Iron

  • Dir: Andrzej Wajda

  • Poland, 1981, 153min

  • Cast: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania

Wajda’s important sequel to his 1977 film Man of Marble rectifies the story of Stakhanovite bricklayer Mateusz Birkut (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), a man whose downfall from 1950s Stalinist Poland was forcibly made ambiguous by censors in the previous film. Man of Iron explicitly clarifies Birkut’s demise during the 1970 protests, and follows the story of his son Maciej Tomczyk (also played by Radziwilowicz), an activist who instigated the worker strikes at Gdansk Shipyard. Boldly critical of the Polish Communist regime, Man of Iron was released just months before martial law would be imposed in Poland. Labor activist Lech Walesa, the real-life leader of the Solidarity Movement and subject of Wajda’s 2012 biopic, appears as himself in this film.

1981 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or

 

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

6. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.