Man of Iron


A masterful story about the limitations of the press coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Man of Iron expands on the plot of its predecessor, Man of Marble. Winner of the Palme d'’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award®, the film examines the events leading to one of the most crucial historical events of the 20th century. The movie was produced in haste at the express wish of the shipyard workers (with the use of their own archives) to support their strike. It features, among others, future Nobel Prize Winner and Polish President Lech Wałęsa as himself, and captures the passion, tragedy and anxiety of the times.


1981 Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or – winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – winner. 1981 Chicago IFF – Gold Hugo – winner. 1982 Academy Awards®, USA – Oscar® – nomination. 1982 César Awards, France – César – nomination. 1982 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain – CEC Award – winner. 1982 London Critics Circle Film Awards – ALFS Award – winner. 1982 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner, NYFCC 2nd Award.

Cast & Crew

Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Written by Aleksander Ścibor-Rylski. Cinematography: Edward Kłosiński. Production design by Allan Starski. Music by Andrzej Korzyński. Film editing by Halina Prugar. Production management Barbara Pec-Ślesicka. Production: Zespół Filmowy X. © Studio Filmowe ZEBRA. Cast: Jerzy Radziwiłowicz (Maciek Tomczyk, Birkut‘s son – Mateusz Birkut), Krystyna Janda (Agnieszka), Marian Opania (Winkel), Irena Byrska (Mother Hulewicz), Wiesława Kosmalska (Wiesława Hulewicz), Bogusław Linda (Dzidek), Franciszek Trzeciak (Badecki), Janusz Gajos (vice president of the Radiocomittee), Andrzej Seweryn (captain Wirski), Marek Kondrat (Grzenda), Jerzy Trela (Antoniak, opposition activist), Lech Wałęsa (him- self), Anna Walentynowicz (herself), Jerzy Borowczak (himself), Zbigniew Lis (himself), Teodor Kudla (himself).