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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.


George Mendeluk


Richard Bachynsky Hoover (screenplay), George Mendeluk (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Barry Pepper ... Yaroslav
Richard Brake ... Medved
Tom Austen ... Taras
Aneurin Barnard ... Mykola
Terence Stamp ... Ivan
Max Irons ... Yuri
Samantha Barks ... Natalka
Nicholas Aaron ... Walter Duranty
Tamer Hassan ... Sergei
Lucy Brown ... Olena
Kathy Kiera Clarke ... Varvara
William Beck ... Stefan
Richard Ashton ... Father Ostapovich
Edward Akrout ... Professor Temchuck
Gary Oliver ... Stalin


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


Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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


Title card: [at the end of the film]
Title card: Only a few made their way past Stalin's border guards and escaped to freedom. The genocidal famine created by the Soviets in 1932/33 is known today as the Holodomor - Death by Starvation. The full horror of this deliberate policy of genocide towards Ukraine was revealed only after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 2003, Russia signed a U.N. declaration confirming that the Holodomor had taken the lives of between 7 and 10 million innocent people. Today, the ...
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Wedding March
Music by Anatoliy Mamalyga and Iryna Orlova
Performed by Olha Chornokondratenko (Violin); Vadym Chornokondratenko (Tambourine)
Courtesy of Andamar Entertainment Inc.
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Dark Page in the Human Experience
30 May 2017 | by islandonSee all my reviews

The Holodomor, or Ukrainian Holocaust is a dark topic. It is a short testimony to the power of the human spirit to survive even the most cruel and vile regimes in History. Even with the murder of 10 million Ukrainians by starvation in only 2 years, millions more survived. The bonds of love, family and heritage were what saved this great people from annihilation. Like the Holocaust in Germany only a decade later, we must learn and NEVER FORGET!!!

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Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Harvest See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyiv, Ukraine See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$219,357, 26 February 2017

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2.35 : 1
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