Bitter Harvest

Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  103 min.
In theatres: March 3, 2017 (limited)
DVD: June 13, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.67
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Cast: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper, Richard Brake, Tamer Hassan


Two lovers, artist Yuri (Max Irons) and his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks), are struggling to survive while caught in cruel dictator Joseph Stalin's brutal and deliberate starvation of the Ukrainian people from 1932 to 1933, known as the Holodomor (extermination by famine). This act of genocide remains to this day shrouded in secrecy and misinformation.

After escaping from a Soviet prison, Yuri joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement, which would lead up to the Russian Civil War. He must overcome Stalin’s push to build a strong Soviet Union, while attempting to fight for the liberation of Ukraine, and also to reunite with Natalka.

  Canadian Connection: Writer Richard Bachynsky-Hoover is Canadian born, from Kingston, Ontario. Cast member Barry Pepper was born in Campbell River, British Columbia.

Director: George Mendeluk
Studio: D Films
Producer(s): Stuart Baird, Chad Barager, George Mendeluk, Ian Ihnatowycz, Jaye Gazeley
Screenplay: Richard Bachynsky Hoover, George Mendeluk
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  • 5 stars "A must see"
  • 5 stars "Highly recommended! Best movie I've seen in years! It had good action, romance, drama. You know a movie is very good when "Rotten Tomatoes" movie review website audience score is 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1,066 reviews. Newsweek review stated: "An important movie everyone should see"."
  • 5 stars "Absolutely must see movie. All my family enjoyed it and would recommend to all my friends. This is a piece of art: Actors are great, historical scenes, a stunning work of all the team"