Mr. Steel Axe

Director: Zoltan Furedi

directed by Zoltan Furedi written by Zoltan Furedi, Radek Styś director of photography Kacper Lisowski editing by Paweł Witecki sound by Maciej Kaliński production manager Dorota Rozowska produced by Inforg Studio, Koncept Media Radek Styś, ul. Krasińskiego 42/17, 01-779 Warsaw, e-mail:, tel. +48 506 071 441 producer Radek Styś co-financed by The Polish Film Institute; Hungarian Film Office.
HD, 1:1.85, colour, 90′, 55′ (television version)
Poland – Hungary 2009


Stalowy Topor, called The Steel Axe, is a shepherd in a valley in north Mongolia in the summer and a shaman in Ulan Bator in the winter. He recently decided to take part in elections for the Mongolian parliment. Will this pauper’s courage and wits provide a better future for his fellow citizens as well as respect and a good reputation in 21st-century Mongolia? From various perspectives, we look at the everyday life of post-Soviet Mongolian nomad society, now living in a world of globalisation and free markets.

Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza