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.
The film’s screenplay is based on Władysław Reymont’s epic novel, for which he received the Nobel Prize, surpassing Thomas Mann, Thomas Hardy, and Maxim Gorky. As a novel, “The Peasants” is considered the most credible chronicle of the peasant community ever written. The novel has recently been newly translated and published by Penguin Classics.
Co-financed by the Polish National Foundation.
FILMED IN THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND WITH THE SUPPORT PROVIDED THROUGH THE ACT ON FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION BY THE POLISH FILM INSTITUTE AND FUNDED BY THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE.