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Bitter Harvest (2017)

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Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.

Director:

George Mendeluk

Writers:

Richard Bachynsky Hoover (screenplay), George Mendeluk (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Barry Pepper ... Yaroslav
Aneurin Barnard ... Mykola
Terence Stamp ... Ivan
Max Irons ... Yuri
Samantha Barks ... Natalka
Richard Brake ... Medved
Tamer Hassan ... Sergei
Kathy Kiera Clarke ... Varvara
Tom Austen ... Taras
Lucy Brown ... Olena
Nicholas Aaron ... Walter Duranty
William Beck ... Stefan
Edward Akrout ... Professor Temchuck
Paul Hickey ... Lazar Kaganovich
Gary Oliver ... Stalin
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Storyline

Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, BITTER HARVEST conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin. 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. With an exceptional cast of established and rising stars, the film epically recreates one of the most dramatic and dangerous episodes in the history of 20th Century Europe.

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Taglines:

Soviet Union. 1933. Stalin's tyranny could destroy their country. But not their love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Harvest See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyiv, Ukraine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$219,357, 26 February 2017

Gross USA:

$557,004
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Max Irons and Aneurrin Barnard played brothers Edward IV and Richard III, respectively in The White Queen (2013) See more »

Quotes

[Last spoken lines, repeated line]
Yuri: [Voice over] My name is Yuri Kachanyuk, the son of Yaroslav Kachanyuk and the grandson of the famous warrior Ivan Kachanyuk. Before I grew up and learned that the dragons were real and evil roamed the world. I fell in love.
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Nad Dunaem
Traditional/Arranged & Performed by DakhaBrakha
Published by Copyright Control
Courtesy of DakhaBrakha
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16 March 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

...is the first word about it from me, a man from East, with Ukraine roots. but, scene by scene, you discover its virtue. not so insignificant. because it is an introduction, with form of lesson, to the Holodomor. so, it represents a sketch, with decent performances, not the most inspired dialogues, so simple than it coulb seem be pathetic and fake. but, after its end, you discover it as a nice try. not convincing, too American, using classic ingredients and tricks for a storyy more complex and profound for have need of them but, maybe, a reasonable start point for discover one of most terrible crimes from XX century. sure, it is not perfect and for a viewer like me seems a sort of blasphemy. but, it is a try. or a small hommage. in fact, a first step for propose to West a story about a land and its sufference. and that saves a part from huge mistakes of film.


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