Etienne Kallos

South Africa, Greece, France, Poland, Switzerland 106 min. min Spanish premiere


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.




Etienne Kallos

(South-Afrika, 1972) He is an award-winning Greek-South African screenwriter and film director. Doorman, had its European premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and its American premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, Kallo’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. The Harvesters his feature film debut. Like Firstborn, it explores identity and sexuality within the Afrikaner culture of modern-day South Africa.

Filmography: The Harvesters (2018), Firstborn (curt, 2009), Doorman (curt, 2006) No Exit (curt, 2006)

Etienne Kallos

Film information

Original Title: Die Stropers
Director: Etienne Kallos
Script: Etienne Kallos
Contact: Pyramide Films
With: Brent Vermeulen, Juliana Venter, Alex van Dyk
Country: South Africa, Greece, France, Poland, Switzerland
Year: 2018
Format: DCP
Length: 106 min. min
Language: Afrikaans
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Catalan
Edition: 2019