The Harvesters

by Etienne Kallos


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 makes this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love.

“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.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Unusual within the annals of its national cinema for its searching examination of the country’s once-dominant, now-dwindling white Afrikaner population, this sternly moving, vividly shot rural drama draws quasi-Biblical resonance from its tale of teenage foster brothers locked in a familial and cultural power struggle on a remote farmstead.” – Variety

“Kallos is undoubtedly a talent to watch.” – Screendaily


2018 – France, Greece, Poland, South Africa – 104 minutes – Afrikaneer, English – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Die Stropers

Directed by: Etienne Kallos
Written by: Etienne Kallos
Cinematography: Michal Englerts
Edited by: Muriel Breton
Cast: Brent Vermeulen, Juliana Venter, Alex van Dyk
Producers: Sophie Erbs & Tom Dercourt, Thembisa Cochrane & Michael Auret, – Giorgos Karnavas & Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Mariusz Wlodarski

Produced by: Cinéma Defacto, Spier Films, Heretic, Lava Films

Co-produced by: ERT
Supported by: Centre National Cinematographique, Greek Film Center, Fondation Gan, Polish Film Institute, Eurimages


Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard competition section (world premiere)

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