Poland’s Oscar® submission for Best International Feature

Screening to be followed by a conversation with directors DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman and composer Lukasz Rostkowski.

Made up of over 40,000 oil paintings, this awe-inspiring adaptation of Władysław Reymont’s Nobel Prize winning novel is the latest animated film from Oscar®-nominated directing duo DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman (LOVING VINCENT). In 19th century Poland, the rural village of Lipce sustains itself on its farmland. Jagna is its beguiling young beauty caught in a lust-filled affair with the married farmhand Antek (Robert Gulacyzk). But when she’s forced to marry his wealthy landowner father, it sets off a chain of events that will rip the town apart. Taking inspiration from the Young Poland modernist movement, the paintings range from swirling impressionism to hyperrealism, culminating in visually dazzling sequences bolstered by symphonic folk tunes from rapper turned composer Lukasz “L.U.C.” Rostkowski. Telling the story of a young woman caught in the cruel hands of the patriarchy, THE PEASANTS is at times brutal but nevertheless a stunningly immersive experience deserving of the big screen. –Josh Gardner

DK Welchman is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and has been awarded the Minister of Culture Scholarship for special achievements in painting and graphics four times. Later Welchman became interested in film and animation and has directed five short films before her first feature, LOVING VINCENT.
Hugh Welchman co-wrote and directed LOVING VINCENT with his wife, DK Welchman. The film grossed $43 million at the international box office and was nominated at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Academy Awards®. Previously Hugh won an Oscar® for Best Short Animation for producing BreakThru Films’ PETER AND THE WOLF.

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Country: Poland, Serbia, Lithuania

Year: 2023

Directors: DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman

Screenwriters: DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman

Producers: Sean Bobbitt, Hugh Welchman

Executive Producers: Laurie Ubben, Steve Muench, Sita Saviolo, DK Welchman, Kyle Stroud, Tom Ogden

Directors of Photography: Radosław Ładczuk, Kamil Polak, Szymon Kuriata

Editors: DK Welchman, Patrycja Piróg, Miki Węcel

Production Designer: Elwira Pluta

Costume Designer: Katarzyna Lewińska

Music: Łukasz “L.U.C” Rostkowski

Cast/Featuring: Kamila Urzędowska, Robert Gulaczyk, Mirosław Baka, Sonia Mietielica, Ewa Kasprzyk, Cezary Łukaszewicz, Małgorzata Kożuchowska, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Dorota Stalińska, Andrzej Konopka, Mateusz Rusin, Maciej Musiał

Running Time (minutes): 114

Language: Polish