About

Title:
Man of Marble
Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Genre:
historical drama
Year of production:
1976
Premiere:
1977-02-25
Technical specs:
Color, 153 min.
Production:

X Film Production

Synopsis

The year 1976. In the corridor of the television building Agnieszka – an almost graduate film maker – is persuading an 'important' editor into making a movie about Mateusz Birkut, a bricklayer and labor leader, whose brilliant career ended suddenly and unexpectedly sometime around 1952. After some negotiations the girl finally gets a tape and necessary equipment. Private 'investigation' begins, aiming at determining the causes of the success and fall of Birkut. While learning the history of his dramatic life, Agnieszka finds out and discloses the bitter truth about the 1950s – the period of Stalinism in Poland.

Awards

1977 – Gdynia Film Festival – the Journalists Award
1978 – Cannes International Film Festival – FIPRESCI award
1979 – Brussels Film Festival – the Actors Award Crystal Star (Jerzy Radziwiłowicz)
1979 – FEST International Film Festival in Belgrade – Grand Prize
1979 – FEST International Film Festival in Belgrade – the Actors Award (Jerzy Radziwiłłowicz)
1980 – Cartagena Film Festival – Special Jury Prize