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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Film Score Friday 2/16/24 by Scott Bettencourt
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2024 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

THE PEASANTS - Lukasz “L.U.C.” Rostkowski

"Where 'Loving Vincent' was a soothing experience, quiet and contemplative, 'The Peasants' is loud and brash -- powered by an extraordinary explosion of Polish folk songs given propulsive 21st-century beats by rapper/composer Lukasz 'L.U.C.' Rostkowski -- and, it must be said, deeply upsetting. It’s the story of Jagna, played with radiant energy by Kamila Urzedowska, whose defining feature is that she’s the most beautiful girl in her small village, Lipce. Well, that’s how everyone in Lipce defines her, at least. If they looked closer, they’d see someone who’s also a talented artist, who creates intricately refined paper cutouts and cares about animals (she takes on the project of rehabilitating an injured stork). What unfolds is a story about the tragedy of having others define who you are — as remote as this 19th-century village in Poland may seem, that is a theme that remains ever-potent."

Christian Blauvelt, IndieWire

"Not surprisingly, the sequences benefiting the most from the approach are the most painterly to begin with, from landscape and nature shots spanning the various seasons to a lively wedding bursting with folk dancing and music, the latter enlivened with contemporary rhythms by Polish composer/rapper Lukasz 'L.U.C.' Rostkowski. The film also pays homage to art history, a la 'Loving Vincent,' with recreations of celebrated paintings by several notable Polish artists."

Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

I just want to say that, to my great surprise, a RAPPER composed my #1 favorite film score of 2023. As soon as I heard it the first time last month while working on my IFMCA nomination ballot, I knew it was in my top 3. But the more I listened to it, the more it just blew my mind with how good it was. An exciting and fresh new voice in the world of film music, and I hope this project leads to more for him.


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