The Harvesters (Die Stropers)
Director: Etienne Kallos
Section: International Competition
Country: France, Greece, Poland, South Africa | Year: 2018
Language(s): Afrikaneer, English | Time: 104 mins
South Africa, the Free State region, an isolated stronghold of the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, and emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to accept this stranger as his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage, and parental love.
Etienne Kallos is an award-winning Greek-South African screenwriter and filmmaker. In 2009, his thesis film, Firstborn, was the first Afrikaans-language film to win the Corto Cortissimo Lion for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival. His documentaries have been screened at the Berlinale, the Public Broadcasting Service, and the Montreal World Film Festival. The Harvesters is his feature film debut.
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