Bitter Harvest

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  103 min.
Release Date: March 3, 2017 (limited) - March 3, 2017 - select cities
DVD: June 13, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.60
based on 108 votes and 26 reviews
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Cast: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper, Richard Brake, Tamer Hassan, Aneurin Barnard


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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  • 4 stars "4 out of 5 stars ..powerful insightful for all audiences over 14..Light shines on This Horrible period Stalin waged on then soviet Ukraine 1932.33 and other Soviet regions."
  • 4 stars "LOVED IT,,,,,i wrote it!! Richard Bachynsky Hoover ,,thanks to all,,87% aaudiences are loving it with high regards and respecting the film makers ,,Ukraine in tears so emotional as they see it deeper than non Ukrainians perhaps ,,that says it all ,,so trust the Ukrainians and learn what you might be afraid to learn because critics say this or that,,bottom feeder anti Ukrainian left wingers maybe ? See it ,,review here ill be watching your replies Thank You,,God Bless Ukraine ,,Richard Bachynsky Hoover in Ukraine from Canada.lotta hard sweat and work breaking ice on this finally,,Holodomor Victims deserve it and Ukraine first of all,,Resects to all on this page blowing wind into our film project !"
  • 5 stars "A must see"