Spotlight Pictures has released several new images from upcoming war epic Bitter Harvest, which follows Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) as a pair of young lovers in famine-struck Ukraine during the interwar period.
Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, BITTER HARVEST is the first major dramatic film to convey the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by Joseph Stalin that killed millions in Ukraine.
The screenplay was developed and written by Richard Bachynsky-Hoover and George Mendeluk. Shot in authentic locations, using a principally Ukrainian crew, 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. Seen through the eyes of two young lovers, it powerfully captures one of the most dramatic genocides in the history of 20th Century Europe.
The film follows the journey of Yuri (Max Irons), an artistic soul born into a family of Ukrainian warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his stern grandfather Ivan (Terence Stamp), father Yaroslav (Barry Pepper) and the heart of Natalka (Samantha Barks). Yuri finds his life changed forever with the invasion by the Bolsheviks and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s deliberate regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.
Spotlight will launch international sales for Bitter Harvest next month.