Animated Feature ‘The Peasants,’ Followup to Oscar Nominee ‘Loving Vincent,’ Sells to Several Further Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

The Peasants
Courtesy of Malgorzata Kuznik

New Europe Film Sales has closed several further distribution deals for animated feature “The Peasants,” the followup to Oscar nominee “Loving Vincent,” which grossed more than $50 million at the global box office.

New sales include Benelux (Paradiso), the former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Hungary (Vertigo), Portugal (Outsider Films), Turkey (Birfilm) and Scandinavia (Another World Entertainment). The company is in negotiations with buyers in Spain and the Baltics. U.K. and North America rights remain open.

Key European sales previously closed include to Plaion in Germany and Jokers in France.

“The Peasants,” which is directed by “Loving Vincent” filmmakers D.K. Welchman (formerly known as Dorota Kobiela) and Hugh Welchman, is being produced with the same painting technique as used in “Vincent.” The directors were inspired by a wide repertoire of realist and pre-impressionist paintings to depict the Nobel prize-winning novel of Wladyslaw Reymont on film. Set at the end of the 19th century, it tells a story of love and life in a small community, where rules and traditions dictate everyone’s role.

The film is produced by BreakThru Films, founded by Hugh Welchman, a film and animation production company based in Gdansk, Poland.