The Peasants

Thursday 15th Feb

€9 / €7 (conc.)


From the Oscar-nominated directors of Loving Vincent, Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela, comes another beautiful hand-painted animation. Unfolding over the course of four seasons, in the 19th-century Polish village of Lipce, where the rhythm of daily life is attuned to the natural cycle of the harvest. A peasant girl, Jagna (Kamila Urzedowska), is forced to marry a much older, wealthy farmer, Boryna (Mirosław Baka), despite her love for his son, Antek (Robert Gulaczyk). Drawn into a torrid affair, whilst her newfound status unnerves the villagers, Janga becomes the object of envy, and hate. Strong-willed and free-spirited, Janga must fight to preserve her independence.

Adapted from Polish author Wladyslaw Reymont’s Nobel Prize-winning novel, The Peasants is a ravishingly beautiful visual triumph.

Festival & Awards

Toronto International Film Festival 2023
Gdynia International Film Festival 2023
Busan International Film Festival 2023
BFI London Film Festival 2023


“Directors DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman deliver another truly impressive animated work.”. – Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily, Toronto Review

‘’it’s the sheer luminosity of the images on display that keeps you thoroughly enthralled.’’
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Info

114 mins | Lithuania, Poland, Serbia | 2023 | Cert: 16

Hugh Welchman, Dorota Kobiela

Kamila Urzędowska, Robert Gulaczyk, Mirosław Baka