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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:
Max Irons ... Yuri
Terence Stamp ... Ivan
Richard Brake ... Medved
Aneurin Barnard ... Mykola
Barry Pepper ... Yaroslav
Samantha Barks ... Natalka
Tom Austen ... Taras
William Beck ... Stefan
Tamer Hassan ... Sergei
Edward Akrout ... Professor Temchuck
Lucy Brown ... Olena
Nicholas Aaron ... Walter Duranty
Richard Ashton ... Father Ostapovich
Jack Hollington ... Lubko
Gary Oliver ... Stalin
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 February 2017 (Ukraine) 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$557,004, 31 March 2017
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Max Irons and Aneurrin Barnard played brothers Edward IV and Richard III, respectively in The White Queen (2013) See more »

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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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Director" Sergey Postolnikov
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Bitter Harvest the history unfolds
12 June 2017 | by rahumateSee all my reviews

Bitter Harvest the history unfolds Bitter Harvest narrates the saga of devastating famine of Josef Stalin 1930s era in Ukrain. Film becomes more interesting when it narrates the story of characters; director takes us close to their aspirations, dreams and reality.

Ukrain is the border nation for German and Russians. What we read in press about red revolution of 1930s which is glorified by films such as October, Battleship of Potemkin. We forget how Stalin had already set for mass-murder by deliberate starvation of millions of Ukrainians.

Today Ukrain being the eastern European country does not get space in news paper. If you are a world cinema student and enthusiast or may be a social, political or Mass Communication expert do watch the film and you will see how your perception about communism changes. We do not find any difference of fascism and communism. It is one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVES The film is based on real life history from Soviet-era man-made famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s. More than 3.5 million people died, some say 10 million.

We follow tepid love story between Yuri and his childhood sweetheart, Natalka (Samantha Barks). Directed showcased the armed struggle by kulaks and their sympathizers.

Bitter Harvest is a film which talks about the social and political turmoil and its roots deeply engulfed in corruption, politics and communism. 1930 is known for the year of economic depression and biggest man made famine. Ukraine is the newly joined part to USSR and how the biggest man made famine is created is depicted in the film. Indian audience can relate this film as the story progresses with the love story of the characters. The literature students will relish it with span of time shown from the birth of child to their love and mature years. Historical scholars and political pundits will like this film as it takes us close to the people of Ukraine.


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