Directed by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman
Poland, Serbia, Lithuania | 2023 | oil-painting animation | Polish

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 (aka Kobiela), Hugh Welchman
Screenplay: DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman
Cinematography: Radosław Ładczuk, Kamil Polak, Szymon Kuriata
Director of Animation: Piotr Dominiak
Editing: DK Welchman, Patrycja Piróg,  Miki Węcel 
Production Design: Elwira Pluta
Costume Design: Katarzyna Lewińska
Music / Composer:  Łukasz „L.U.C.” Rostkowski
Hair and Make-Up:  Waldemar Pokromski  Mirosława Wojtczak

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

Produced by: Breakthru Films (LOVING VINCENT)
Co-produced by: Digitalkraft d o.o., Art. Shot vsį, Breakthru Productions Sp. z o.o., Canal + Polska S.A., Narodowy Centrum Kultury, Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury, SKP Ślusarek Kubiak Pieczyk Sp. k.

With the support of: Polish Film Institute, Film Center Serbia, Lithuanian Film Center
Co-financed by: The Polish National Foundation

Financed by funds from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage

From the creators of Oscar-nominated LOVING VINCENT

Official Entry: Poland – Best International Feature Film | 96th Academy Awards®

  • DK Welchman
    DK Welchman

  • Hugh Welchman
    Hugh Welchman

Festivals & Awards

TIFF Special Presentations – World Premiere
BFI London Film Festival – Dare Strand

DK Welchman
Hugh Welchman