Poland’s Oscar Entry ‘The Peasants,’ Directed by Filmmakers Behind ‘Loving Vincent,’ Debuts International Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has been given access to the international trailer for animated film “The Peasants,” which is Poland’s entry for the international feature category of the Academy Awards. The film had its world premiere in the Special Presentation section of Toronto Film Festival last month, and screens next week at the London Film Festival.

New Europe Film Sales has sold rights to “The Peasants” to more than 70 countries, including German-speaking Europe (Plaion), France (The Jokers), Benelux (Paradiso), South Korea (First Run), China (JL Film), Scandinavia (Another World Entertainment) and Spain (Karma), as well as North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand (Sony Pictures Classics).

“The Peasants” is directed by D.K. Welchman (formerly known as Dorota Kobiela) and Hugh Welchman, the filmmakers behind “Loving Vincent.” The latter film was nominated for the animated feature film Oscar in 2018, and grossed more than $50 million at the global box office.

“The Peasants” was produced with the same painting technique as used in “Loving Vincent.” For “The Peasants,” the filmmakers were inspired by a wide repertoire of realist and pre-impressionist paintings to depict the Nobel prize-winning novel of Wladyslaw Reymont on film.

It tells the story of Jagna, a young woman determined to forge her own path within the confines of a late 19th century Polish village – a hotbed of gossip and on-going feuds, held together, rich and poor, by pride in their land, adherence to colorful traditions and deep-rooted patriarchy.

When Jagna finds herself caught between the conflicting desires of the village’s richest farmer, his eldest son, and other leading men of the community, her resistance puts her on a tragic collision course with the community around her.

Sean Bobbitt and Hugh Welchman of BreakThru Films produced the film.


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