Part of SFFILM Festival
Director Etienne Kallos is expected to attend both screenings.
Sensitive teenager Janno’s parents are deeply invested in religion, Afrikaner solidarity, and their farm, while the boy’s interests lie elsewhere. When his parents bring a troubled but charismatic kid named Pieter into the household, a struggle for dominance ensues, and the film powerfully examines masculinity in white South African culture. As Pieter slyly draws various family members under his spell, Janno begins to sense possibilities in his displacement as favored son. Etienne Kallos’s debut is a strong and pitiless drama about the intersection of familial and cultural dynamics.
“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.” – Guy Lodge, Variety
After writing and directing several shorts, Etienne Kallos makes his feature debut with The Harvesters. “South Africa is my country, and I wanted to make a film that explores what is happening there today, to show cinematically an emerging experience that is hard to put into words… I wanted to explore the experience of living in fracture, of being displaced culturally and spiritually, of being a product of this post-colonial era,” says Kallos of this first film.
Language Afrikaans, English
Country France/South Africa
Director Etienne Kallos
Producer Sophie Erbs, Tom Dercourt, Thembisa Cochrane, Michael Auret, Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Mariusz Wlodarski, Dan Wechsler
Writer Etienne Kallos
Editor Muriel Breton
Cinematographer Michal Englert
Music Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine
Cast Brent Vermeulen, Alex van Dyk, Juliana Venter
Original Language Title Die stropers