Ahead of its UK release next month, Arrow Films has unveiled a trailer for writer-director George Mendeluk’s romantic drama Bitter Harvest, which stars Max Irons and Samantha Barks as two lovers fighting for survival in the Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s.
Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a powerful story of love, honour, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the “Holodomor,” the death-by-starvation program which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.
Bitter Harvest opens in the UK on February 24th and also stars Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper and Tamer Hassan.