Winkel (Marian Opania), a down-on-his-luck radio reporter, is sent to Gdańsk to dig up dirt on Tomczyk (Jerzy Radziwiłowicz), one of the leaders of a burgeoning workers’ movement. Trying to get into the shipyard that’s become the epicenter of the movement, Winkel bumps into Tomzyk’s old friend (Bogusław Linda), who shows him never-released footage of the August 1970 riots. Gradually the story of Tomczyk and his father, former model worker Mateusz Birkut (also Radziwiłowicz), emerges with a portrait of the rising Solidarity movement. Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, this (loosely defined) sequel to Man of Marble is, in retrospect, as much about the end of an era as the dawn of a new one. Within months of its release, martial law would be declared and Solidarity repressed.
Please note that all screenings of this film will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.