In 1930s Ukraine, young lovers Yuri (Max Irons) and Natalka (Samantha Barks) struggle to survive a widespread famine known as the Holodomor, which was engineered by the Soviet Union in order to crush Ukrainian nationalism. In time, Yuri’s horror over the scale of the tragedy inspires him to fight for Ukraine’s independence. Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan, and Terence Stamp co-star in this historical drama from director George Mendeluk.
Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, BITTER HARVEST conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honour, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. With an exceptional cast of established and rising stars, the film epically recreates one of the most dramatic and dangerous episodes in the history of 20th Century Europe.
Director: George Mendeluk
Writers: Richard Bachynsky Hoover, Richard Bachynsky Hoover
Stars: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp