The Harvesters

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    The Harvesters

    Die Stropers

    Directed by

    South Africa, Greece, France, Poland

    2018

    106 min

    • English
    • Afrikaans

    Drama

    South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Brent Vermeulen
    Alex Van Dyk
    Pieter Juliana
    Maria Morne Visser
    Screenplay
    Etienne Kallos
    Cinematography
    Michal Englert
    Editing
    Muriel Breton
    Sales
    PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    CINEMA DEFACTO
    Production
    SPIER FILMS
    Production
    LAVA FILMS

    Press

    A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, The Harvesters (Die Stropers) is the impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Etienne Kallos

    Etienne Kallos

    South Africa

    Etienne Kallos is an award-winning Greek-South African screenwriter and film director. In 2009, Etienne’s thesis film, FIRSTBORN, was the first Afrikaans-language film to win to Corto Cortissimo Lion for best short film at the Venice Film Festival. It went on to have its American premiere at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival after which it won many other awards such as a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship, the Atlanta Film Festival Jury Award for ‘Best Dramatic Short’, a Warner Bros Production Prize, a Wasserman Prize for Best Direction at New York University and the National Board of Review ‘Student Film Award’. Etienne’s narrative short film DOORMAN, had its European premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and its American premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival before being distributed on DVD throughout North America by Strand Releasing. His documentary work has screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, PBS and the Montreal World Film Festival. His documentary short film, JANES' BIRTHDAY TRIP was a national finalist at the 2006 Student Academy Awards. Etienne’s screenplay THE HARVESTERS will also be his feature film debut. Like FIRSTBORN, it explores identity and sexuality within the Afrikaner culture of modern-day South Africa. It was developed at the prestigious 2011-2012 Cannes Cinefondation Residence Program. In 2012, it was selected for the highly competitive Sundance Institute Mahindra ‘Global Filmmaker Award’ and a 2012 Sundance Cinedreach Feature Film Fellowship via Cannes and the Groupama Gan Foundation.