“The Peasants”, the Polish Oscar candidate directed by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman, is conquering Polish cinemas! The adaptation of Władysław Stanisław Reymont’s Nobel novel, told through a painting animation inspired by the paintings of Young Poland, has already been seen by 141,000 viewers. Thus, this is the best result for a Polish film after its opening weekend at the box office this year.
With the premiere of the film “Chłopi” in cinemas, the pre-sale of the soundtrack by L.U.C. begins. and Rebel Babel Film Orchestra. The album will be available in stores on November 3 via Agora Music. An exclusive vinyl version will be available for collectors. You can order the album before its premiere – link to purchase.
Łukasz L.U.C. Rostkowski – music producer, vocalist, composer, lyricist and director of music videos and concerts, awarded, among others, Polityka’s Passport, Wrocław Music Award, Ale Sztuka Award, Ślizger, Lower Silesian Diamonds and twice Yach, hailed by journalists as the Artist of the 21st century.
You can already listen to the first single from the album – “Jesień – Tańcuj” online. Within a week of its premiere, the music video had already collected over 600,000 likes. views. This and subsequent tracks will refer, in the spirit of Reymont’s novel, to the four seasons of the year.
Listen to “Jesień – Tańcuj” on all major streaming services:
Watch the music video “Autumn – Dance” on YouTube
Agora Publishing House has published an exclusive, illustrated edition of the Nobel-winning work by Władysław Stanisław Reymont. Link to purchase:
Distribution in Poland is the first step on the long cinema path of “The Peasants”. International sales agent New Europe Film Sales sold the film to over 50 countries, including: France, Benelux, Germany, South Korea, Scandinavia, Italy and Spain. The film will also have a theatrical release in China, which is rare for films produced outside that country. In North America, South America and Australia the distributor is Sony Pictures Classic, in Great Britain Vertigo Releasing – recognized and important companies in the cinema industry. Negotiations with other Asian countries are being finalized.
The producer started selling images from the film. The first hand-painted frames can be purchased in the online store: https://shop.thepeasantsmovie.com.
The film was made in Poland with financial support under the Act on Financial Support for Audiovisual Production, granted by the Polish Film Institute from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The project was co-financed by the Polish National Foundation. The honorary patron of the film was the Minister of Education and Science.
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THE PEASANTS 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 colourful traditions and a 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.
Director: DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman
Screenplay: DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman
Photos: Radosław Ładczuk, Kamil Polak, Szymon Kuriata
Editing: DK Welchman, Patrycja Piróg, Miki Węcel
Scenography: Elwira Pluta
Costumes: Katarzyna Lewińska
Make-up: Waldemar Pokromski
Music: Łukasz L.U.C. Rostkowski & Rebel Babel Orchestras (Laboratorium Pieśni, Julia Wieniawa, Tęgie Chłopy, Sutari, Szymon Lipiński)
Sound: Michał Jankowski
Cast director: Ewa Brodzka
Animation director: Piotr Dominiak
Special effects: Kamil Polak
VFX Supervisor: Łukasz Mackiewicz
Line producer: Tomasz Wochniak
Producers: Sean Bobbitt, Hugh Welchman
Production: BreakThru Films
Executive Producer: Laurie Ubben, Steve Muench, Sita Saviolo, DK Welchman, Kyle Stroud, Tom Ogden
Co-producers: Ivan Pribićević, Jelena Angelovski, Agnė Adomėnė
Co-production: CANAL+, Digitalkraft, Art Shot, National Center for Culture, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission SKP Ślusarek Kubiak Pieczyk Sp.
Co-financing: Polish Film Institute, Polish National Foundation, Carte Blanche, Film Center Serbia Lithuanian Film Center
Distribution: Next Film
International sales agent: New Europe Film Sales
Partners: Juice, TELEVISOR Studio, Audiovisual Technology Center, GS Animation,
Cast (role used in the animation): Kamila Urzędowska, Robert Gulaczyk, Mirosław Baka, Sonia Mietielica, Ewa Kasprzyk, Cezary Łukaszewicz, Małgorzata Kożuchowska, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Dorota Stalińska, Andrzej Konopka, Mateusz Rusin, Maciej Musiał, Julia Wieniawa