The Peasants

For Mature Audiences
This film is rated R and is not suitable for children.

From the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of Loving Vincent comes the painterly 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, feuds, adherence to tradition, and deep-rooted patriarchy. When Jagna finds herself caught between the conflicting desires of the community’s leading men, her resistance puts her on a tragic collision course.

Animated by more than 100 oil painters, The Peasants is based on Władysław Reymont’s Nobel Prize–winning 1904 novel. As filmmaker Dorota Kobiela (DK Welchman) said, “I felt a strong need to tell a story about women: to show their struggles, passion, and strength.”

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Lois Chiles; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

The Peasants

Directed by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman
(Poland/Serbia/Lithuania, 2024, 114 minutes, in Polish with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater, digital


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