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KINO! – The Peasants (15)

Director: DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman
Cast: Kamila Urzedowska, Robert Gulaczyk, Miroslaw Baka
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Poland, Serbia, Lithuania
Year: 2023
Running Time: Sunday 25 February, Film Talk 1pm-2pm (60mins); Film Screening at 2.30pm (114mins); Film Talk and Screening 204mins Approx. (including 30m interval)

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Due to popular demand we have brought this back again!

Polish Film Talk

This screening will be introduced by Michael Brooke, a freelance writer specialising in central/eastern European cinema.Before the screening, he’ll be giving an extensively illustrated talk about other adaptations of great 19th/early 20th-century Polish literature, involving such writers as Adam Mickiewicz, Władysław Reymont, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Stanisław Wyspiański and Stefan Żeromski, and filmmakers such as Walerian Borowczyk, Aleksander Ford, Jerzy Hoffman, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Andrzej Wajda and Andrzej Żuławski.

The Peasants (15) (Original title Chlopi)

After the spectacular international success of their Vincent Van Gogh tribute Loving Vincent (2017), DK and Hugh Welchman have used the same enthralling technique of animated oil painting to adapt Władysław Reymont’s Nobel-winning epic novel (1904-9).With a visual style consciously inspired by paintings by Reymont’s Polish contemporaries, the film tells a story spanning the four seasons, in which a young woman’s attempts to assert her independence keep coming up against the patriarchal traditions that have held sway in her village for centuries

Polish Film Festival 2023 Winner for Special Jury Prize and Audience Award


Is an in depth study of Polish films that allows an opportunity for those interested to explore gems in Polish cinema, through a discussion hosted and led by our resident central/eastern European  film expert, Michael Brooke.

About Michael Brooke

Michael is a freelance writer specialising in central/Eastern European cinema. He regularly hosts talks for the Polish Cultural Institute as well as being a contributor to the book Polish Cinema Now! (2010).

This programme includes the TALK at 1pm-2pm and a SCREENING OF THE FILM at 2.30pm. There is a small break to allow you to get some refreshments before watching the film and there is some time after the film to ask further questions.

Bringing this 1,000-page novel to animated life in this way isn’t just an adaptation, it’s an illumination. It makes real the heightened reality that exists in your mind when reading a particularly captivating book.
Christian Blauvelt, Indie Wire
A dynamic, immersive drama that brings the pleasures and pains of the past to ravishing life.
Nikki Baughan, Screen International

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