This Friday sees the UK release of the romantic drama Bitter Harvest, a powerful story of love, honour and rebellion amid the brutal backdrop of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against the Ukraine during the 1930s.
Directed by George Mendeluk (Deck the Halls), Bitter Harvest sees Max Irons (The White Queen) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) leading the cast as the two young lovers at the centre of the epic story, that also includes Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan), Tamer Hassan (The Double) and Terence Stamp (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). Take a look at the synopsis and trailer below…
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.