The Peasant film - hand painted movie like Loving Vincent
Images courtesy of BreakThru Films / The Peasant film

Earlier this month, “The Peasants,” a hand-painted film created in a similar style to the highly successful “Loving Vincent” movie, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“The Peasants” is directed by Dorota Kobiela, and based on the Nobel prize-winning novel by Wladyslaw Reymont.

The film was produced in the same painting animation technique that won the hearts of fans around the world during BreakThru Films studio’s previous production – “Loving Vincent,” which grossed $42 million at the box office. The story is based upon the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Wladyslaw Reymont, who won in 1924 over Thomas Mann, George Bernard Shaw, and Thomas Hardy.

”The Peasants” comes to life by hand painting and presents a wide repertoire of realist and pre-impressionist paintings. To accomplish the work, about 70 painters working in Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, and Lithuania were hired to paint individual scenes for the film.

Behind the Scenes of “The Peasants” Movie:

The Peasant film - hand painted movie like Loving Vincent

Hand painting a movie still

Cobra water soluable oil paints

Breakthru has partnered with leading fine art paint producer Royal Talens who supplied over 1,300 liters of their Cobra line of oil paints. Cobra is an innovative oil paint that is water soluble, making it much more ecological and healthier for the painters, as the materials can be cleaned without using turpentine. On top of that, Cobra paint has a very high pigmentation, which allows for pure and highly saturated colors on the canvas.

About the Story

Naturalistic in style but epic in scope, this novel depicts peasants’ everyday reality – their work, customs, culture, and spirituality. This unique micro-world is a pretext to tell a universal and current story: a story of tragic love and life in a small community, where rules and tradition dictate everyone’s role. A peasant girl, Jagna, is forced to marry a much older, wealthy farmer, Boryna, despite her love for his son Antek. With time, Jagna becomes the object of envy and hate of the villagers and has to fight to preserve her independence.

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