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First-time Director Brings 'Post-Post-Colonial' South Africa to Cannes

With its characters herding cattle through an austere, dusty landscape, “The Harvesters" bears a passing resemblance to a Western. But the setting of the movie, which won critical acclaim for its first-time director in Cannes, is not the Wild West but South Africa, and its cowboys are Afrikaners, a community that thrived in the apartheid era but now faces an uncertain future. The story follows teenage boy Janno, the oldest child and only son in a God-fearing family whose life and...

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