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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... See more »

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Cast

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Yuri
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Yaroslav
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Mykola
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Natalka
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Ivan
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Medved
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Father Ostapovich
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Taras
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Sergei
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Olena
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Professor Temchuck
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Walter Duranty
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Stefan
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Stalin
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Lubko
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Professor Malishnikov
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Communist
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Varvara
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Lazar Kaganovich
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Anton
Kevin Hudson ...
Peasant
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Dmitri
Hakan Hassan ...
Vlad (as Hakkan Hassan)
Jane Thorne ...
Gaunt Old Woman
Joey Price ...
Isak
Dominic Borrelli ...
Andrei Zhdanov
Tracy Kirby ...
Senia
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Stalin's Bodyguard
Denis Khoroshko ...
Voice over
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Nikolai Bukharin
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Molotov
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Boiko
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Gregory Zinoviev
William Key ...
Lev Kamenev
George Michael Georgiou ...
Oscar
Marat Khairoullin ...
Revolutionary Pesant
Terry Victor ...
Voroshilov
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Yasmin
Oleksandr Pecherytsia ...
Volodyo
Dylan Williams ...
Gareth Jones
Olena Chernova ...
Communist Speaker
Belle Hassan ...
Katya
Jocasta Anderson ...
Helen
Belize Hassan ...
Katya
Kane Ogieva ...
Willard
Anastasiya Ostreinova ...
Mykola's Girlfriend
Sonata Molocajeviene ...
Annya
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Office Worker (uncredited)
Vera Horton ...
Executive's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Mendeluk

Written by

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Richard Bachynsky Hoover ... (screenplay) and
George Mendeluk ... (screenplay)
 
Richard Bachynsky Hoover ... (story)

Produced by

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Richard Bachynsky Hoover ... executive producer: Ukraine
Stuart Baird ... producer
Chad Barager ... producer
Dennis Davidson ... executive producer
Jaye Gazeley ... producer
Peter D. Graves ... executive producer
Tamer Hasan ... co-producer
Ian Ihnatowycz ... producer
William J. Immerman ... executive producer
Roman Kindrachuk ... producer: Ukraine
Marshall Leviten ... line producer: additional photography
James Joseph McDonald ... archive producer
George Mendeluk ... producer
Valerie Phil ... line producer
Darko Skulsky ... producer: Ukraine
Camilla Storey ... co-producer

Music by

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Benjamin Wallfisch

Cinematography by

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Douglas Milsome

Film Editing by

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Stuart Baird
Lenka Svab

Editorial Department

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Tom Cairns ... digital intermediate conform editor
Michelle Cort ... digital intermediate conform editors
Theresa Crooks ... digital intermediate coordinator
Glenn Richard Côté ... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Harry Frishberg ... additional editor
Max Frishberg ... additional editor
Maxine Gervais ... senior colorist: Additional Color
Eva Golabek ... second assistant editor
Erik Kaufmann ... digital intermediate editor
Nadiya Luthra ... post-production coordinator
George Mitchell ... assistant editor
Jeff Pantaleo ... assistant colorist: additional color
Jateen Patel ... digital colourist
Bob Peishel ... digital intermediate producer
Nik Svab ... additional editor / first assistant editor
Jason Wasserman ... 1st assistant editor

Casting By

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Daniel Hubbard
Gemma Sykes

Production Design by

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Martin Hitchcock
Vladimir Radlinski

Costume Design by

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Tatyana Fedotova
Galina Otenko
Aleksandra Stepina

Makeup Department

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Christine Allsopp ... hair and make up designer: additional photography
Catherine Davies ... hair and make up supervisor: additional photography
Sjaan Gillings ... crowd make-up and hair artist: dailies
Rita Horváth ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Kylie Jonkman ... make-up and hair: additional photography
Alla Leonova ... assistant makeup artist
Oksana Oksamitnaya ... assistant makeup artist: second unit
Elena Ovdienko ... assistant makeup artist
Svetlana Polikashkina ... assistant makeup artist: second unit
Rupert Simon ... hair designer / makeup designer
Irina Solodovskaya ... makeup artist
Anna Tesner ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Eve Wignall ... make up artist: additional photography

Production Management

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Aleksey Barilo ... unit manager
Andrew Bonner ... production manager - additional photography / production manager: additional photography
Ana Perez Bosque ... production pa: additional photography
Candi Dane ... production assistant: additional photography
Su Fraser ... post-production supervisor: Vancouver
Jamie Hollingworth ... production pa: additional photography
Guy Mannerings ... production pa: additional photography
Nikolay Semko ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jimmy Alfred ... second assistant director
Alexandra Baczynskyj ... assistant director
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... second unit director (as Lauro Chartrand)
Peter Dashkewytch ... first assistant director
Alexander Mendeluk ... second unit director / splinter unit director
Daryna Rymareva ... third assistant director
Valik Semko ... second assistant director on set
Max Terehin ... trainee assistant director
Lev Watach ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Marc Beros ... HOD scenic Painter
Daniel Bilmes ... painter
Vitaliy Emets ... construction foreman
Max Halushka ... art director assistant
Owen Harrison ... prop hand/set dresser: additional photography
Stuart Headley-Read ... standby props: additional photography
David Horrill ... props master: additional photography
Alexandr Ilchenko ... props master assistant
Yuriy Kanivets ... carpenter
Sergiy Karvets ... carpenter
Zoya Kosulina ... props master
Dimitriy Kovalenko ... carpenter
Andrew Krupenko ... carpenter
Sara Leighton ... art tuition: Max Irons
Petro Lisak ... carpenter
Andrew Litvinhuk ... carpenter
Gleb Lobanov ... carpenter
Sergey Lopatin ... carpenter
Lesia Mikrenets ... carpenter
Campbell Mitchell ... standby props - UK / standby props: additional photography
Alexandr Molotov ... carpenter
Kiril Ovsiannikov ... construction coordinator
Oleg Pilnik ... carpenter
Samantha Redwood ... draughtsman: additional photography
Sergey Reznik ... construction foreman
Nikolay Semenovsky ... art director assistant
Sergey Senchuk ... carpenter
Nick Slater ... carpenter (additional photography)
Iulina Synolytsia ... assistant property master
Anna Tavlinskaya ... co-art director
Tolor Tokitza ... carpenter
Viacheslav Ukrainets ... props master
Sergei Wannik ... carpenter
Tracey Wilson ... storyboard artist
Peter Wood ... prop hand/set dresser: additional photography
Tereza Yakovyna ... storyboard artist
Maxim Yaresko ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Christopher Alba ... supervising foley editor
Doug Cooper ... Re-Recording Mixer
Scott Curtis ... foley editor (as Scott Curtis MPSE)
Boris Riccardo D'Agostino ... Italian language re-recording mixer
Dane A. Davis ... sound designer (as Dane A. Davis MPSE) / supervising sound editor (as Dane A. Davis MPSE)
Arthur Fenn ... 1st assistant sound: additional phototgraphy
Stephanie Flack ... supervising sound editor (as Stephanie L. Flack)
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer
Bill Higley ... adr mixer
Max Hilliard ... sound mix technician
Ilya Ivashchenko ... adr recordist
Robin Johnson ... sound maitenance engineer: additional photography
Denis Kaschey ... boom operator
Matthew W. Kielkopf ... first assistant sound editor
Mark Larry ... sound effects editor
Eric Lindemann ... sound effects editor
Harrison Meyle ... dialogue editor
Juan Montoto Ugarte ... sound trainee: additional photography
Alyson Dee Moore ... foley artist
Dennis Ned ... boom operator
Duncan Paterson ... second assistant sound: dailies
Kobi Quist ... sound mix assistant
Kyle Rochlin ... foley recordist
John Roesch ... foley artist
Joe Schiff ... dialogue editor
Seva Solntsev ... adr recordist
F. Scott Taylor ... assistant sound editor (as Scott Taylor)
Oskar von Unge ... sound mix technician (as Oskar Von Unge)
Christopher T. Welch ... adr/dialogue editor (as Chris Welch MPSE)
Jai Williams ... sound mix technician
Ivan Zabaluyev ... sound mixer
Oleg Kulchytskyi ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ronnie Mukwaya ... mix studio assistant (uncredited)
Kyle Rochlin ... foley mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Garry Cooper ... floor supervisor: UK
Alexander Gunn ... special effects supervisor: UK
Lee Hales ... sfx floor supervisor: additional phototgraphy
Olga Markova ... special effects coordinator
Kyle May ... sfx technician: additional photography
Valeriya Podluzhnaya ... special effects props maker assistant
Ionel Popa ... special effects makeup
Anton Shpil ... special effects assistant
Alexandr Suvorov ... pyrotechnics coordinator
Illya Volodin ... special effects props maker
Sergey Zubenko ... special effects makeup assistant

Visual Effects by

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Travis Baumann ... Visual Effects Designer and Artist
Richard Briscoe ... visual effects producer / visual effects supervisor
Andy Chopping ... photographer
Chad E. Collier ... data manager: Mammal Studios
Janice Barlow Collier ... pipeline technical assistant: Mammal Studios
Glenn Richard Côté ... visual effects producer / visual effects supervisor
Phillip Feiner ... visual effects supervisor
Jonnie Godfrey ... 3D scanning specialist
Piers Hampton ... vfx supervisor: additional photography / visual effects supervisor: additional photography
Michael S. Harbour ... digital effects supervisor: Mammal Studios
Evan Hirschberg ... compositor: Mammal Studios
Drew Huntley ... digital compositor
Cory Lee ... lead compositor: Pixel Playground
Don Lee ... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Playground
Kim Lee ... visual effects producer: Pixel Playground
Sun Lee ... matte painter: Lola VFX
Duncan Lees ... 3D scanning specialist: Efficacy4D
Gregory D. Liegey ... visual effects supervisor: Mammal Studios
Jonathan MacPherson ... visual effects supervisor
Mare McIntosh ... visual effects producer: Lola VFX
Thomas Nittmann ... visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Alex Prihodko ... visual effects producer / visual effects supervisor: Cinnamon VFX
Irene Prokopets ... visual effects project manager
Jason Adam Schaefer ... compositor
Asa Shoul ... digital colourist
Nik Svab ... visual effects editor
Daniel Svaboe ... roto artist
Jeremiah Sweeney ... compositor: Lola VFX
Erik Christopher Toth ... compositor: Mammal Studios
Yuki Uehara ... digital compositor
Mike Uguccioni ... digital compositor
Michele C. Vallillo ... Visual Effects Executive Producer: Mammal Studios
Jason Wardle ... cg supervisor: Mammal Studios
Edson Williams ... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Alex J. Wood ... compositor: Mammal Studios

Stunts

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Pavel Avilov ... stunt performer
Sergey Buchok ... stunt performer
Uros Certic ... stunt performer
Tony Christian ... stunt performer
Bruce Crawford ... fight coordinator
Jason Curle ... stunt performer
Mykola Galagan ... stunt performer
Stryzhakov Ivan ... stunt performer
Vincent Keane ... stunt coordinator / stunt coordinator: additional photography
Leigh Maddern ... stunt performer
Shawn C. Orr ... stunt coordinator: 2nd unit
Dmitro Rudy ... stunt performer
Sergey Shlyahtyuk ... stunt performer (as Sergey Shlyahtuyk)
Simon Whyman ... stunt double: Dylan Williams
Leo Woodruff ... stunt performer
Illya Yurchyshyn ... stunt coordinator: Ukraine

Camera and Electrical Department

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Vladimir Akulov ... rigging electric
Alex Bender ... second assistant camera: 'a' camera, additional photography
Lou Bogue ... gaffer
Harry Bowers ... b camera 1st assistant camera: additional photography
Richard Briscoe ... additional camera operator
Oleg Bublik ... chief electric second unit
Steve Casey ... electrician: additional photography
Neil Cervin ... director of photography: second unit / second unit director of photography
Peter Chetvertiaykov ... a camera focus puller
Cade Conetta ... electrician: additional photography
Paulo Fernandes ... electrician: additional photography
Andriy Golovin ... rigging electric
Andrew Gorovyi ... company grip
Evgeniy Gubrenko ... camera operator
Marjana Gurova ... "a" camera clapper
Luke Andrew Haddock ... video operator: additional photography
Alexandr Hetman ... rigging electric second unit
Alison Lai ... b camera 2nd assistant: additional photography
Valery Latuga ... gaffer
James Layton ... camera operator: "a" camera and steadicam
Ewan MacFarlan ... dit assistant: additional photography
Sukhovey Maxim ... d.i.t. data loader
Mark Milsome ... b camera operator: additional photography
Phil Murray ... grip: additional photography
Ron Nicholls ... b camera grip: additional photography
Aleksey Overchuk ... focus puller: "b" camera
Robert Palmer ... 1st assistant camera: additional photography
Sergei Panteleyev ... camera operator
Sergey Prihodko ... best boy grip
Sergey Rupos ... dit: second unit
Luis Santos ... best boy: additional photography
Yuriy Sidorchuk ... chief electric
Olena Sokolova ... "b" camera clapper
Joe Steel ... dit: additional photography
Serge Svetnoy ... gaffer (as Sergii Svietnyi)
Leonid Sydorenko ... best boy gaffer
Mark Tillie ... still photographer
Sergey Troshin ... best boy grip
Vladimir Tsiukalo ... rigging electric second unit
Jan Wachowski ... d.i.t

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting
Nika Bondar ... casting: Kiev
Marina Koriagina ... casting manager: kiev

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anna Afanasieva ... assistant costume designer
Max Brennan ... set costumer
Elena Bulova ... additional costumer
Valeria Cherneta ... on set costumer
Jake Collier ... principal costume standby: Additional Photography
Anton Fedchenko ... additional costumer
Oleg Fedotov ... on set costumer
Dasha Filshina ... assistant costume designer
Viktor Gavluk ... head of set dressers
Sergei Gratchev ... additional costumer
Elizabeth Healy ... costume designer: additional photography
Sheremeta Karolina ... assistant costume designer
Mariana Kovalenko ... additional costumer
Olga Kovtun ... additional costumer
John Laurie ... costume standby: additional photography
Dmitriy Malakhov ... military consultant
Ron Mawbey ... costume fitter: additional photography
Jessie Metcalf ... costume junior: additional photography
Katerina Postavska ... on set costumer
Chloe Reynolds ... costume junior
Inna Samoylenko ... on set costumer
Marina Sechilo ... ethno consultant
Maria Serrano ... costume trainee: additional photography
Iryna Skulski ... costume assistant
Kieron Stone ... costumer: additional photography
Nat Van Halle ... costume supervisor: additional photography

Location Management

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Tom Bosanquet ... assistant location manager
Andy Lyall ... location security
Andrew Nedobora ... location manager
James Player ... location manager / location manager: additional photography
Yuriy Zhyzhko ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Christopher Brooks ... music editor
Chris Craker ... soundtrack producer
Claire Freeman ... music supervisor
Owen Gurry ... musician: additional mandolin
Christopher Gutch ... composer agent
Jake Jackson ... score engineer
Nathan W Klein ... additional orchestration
Alex Lu ... music programmer
Alec Roberts ... additional orchestration
Òscar Senén ... additional orchestrator
Josephine Stephenson ... composer: additional music / music assistant

Transportation Department

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Murray Aston ... unit driver: additional photography
Igor Bolbochenko ... driver
Allan Bradshaw ... unit driver: additional photography
Jimmy Carruthers ... transport captain: additional photography / transportation captain
Paul Deluce ... unit driver
Graeme Downie ... unit driver: additional photography
Valeriy Franchuk ... dit driver: main unit
Sergey Furman ... driver
Sergiy Konyk ... driver
Anatoliy Koval ... backstage driver
Yasha Kunets ... dit driver: second unit
Precilla Landolfi ... travel agent
Vladimir Marchuk ... transportation coordinator
Sergey Myagkiy ... transportation coordinator
Dmithiy Ogienko ... driver: art department
Olivia Posca ... travel agent
Gini Taboika ... travel agent
Sasha Tolochko ... driver
Varim Trofimov ... driver

Other crew

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Enest Ansah ... unit manager: additional photography
Olga Avrahova ... production coordinator
Shana Bah ... production assistant: additional photography
Nadiya Balyant ... script supervisor: second unit
Nataliya Barilo ... catering service
Michael Beard ... on set medic: additional photography
Jo Beckett ... script supervisor: additional photography
Lisa Birch ... assistant to diving coordinator
Olena Chernova ... production assistant
Lisa Ciniglio ... insurance broker
Ellie Coverdale ... production assistant: additional photography
Chris Cullum ... health & safety advisor: additional photography
Gene D'Cruze ... construction manager: additional photography
Dennis Davidson ... producer's representative
David Decio ... double
D. Dominic Devine ... standby art director: additional photography
Georgia Dufton ... floor runner: additional photography
Jacqui Dunal ... executive assistant to the executive producer, Ian Ihnatowycz
Hannah Evans ... set decorator: additional photography
Valeriya Faed ... catering assistant
Hannah Featherstone ... production secretary: additional photography
Kateryna Fedoseeva ... assistant accountant
Colin Giles ... head of security
Paula Gómez de Cadiñanos ... assistant production coordinator
Ruth Halliday ... script clearances: additional photographu
Paul Hillier ... Insurance: UK additional photography
Joel Hills ... standby rigger: additional photography
Martin Hitchcock ... production designer: additional photography
Romy Hollington ... tutor chaperone
Jamie Hollingworth ... production assistant: Key
Gavin Hosler ... standby chippie: additional photography
Senia Kochneva ... second assistant accountant
Olya Kosenko ... assistant to producer
Anatoliy Koval ... unit assistant
Dmitriy Krutenko ... unit assistant
Dennis Kumeiko ... production staff
Judd Lewin ... assistant accountant / assistant accountant: additional photography
Danny Margetts ... hod carpenter: additional photographgy
Oleg Metreveli ... on-set medic
Richard Morrison ... titles designed by
Katie Neal ... production coordinator: additional photography
John Nelles ... dialect coach for barry pepper
Tony Noble ... art director: additional photography
Darin Oishi ... production accountant
Iegor Pogrebniak ... production staff
Oleg Ptashnyk ... production staff
Tom Ralphs ... armourer
Miguel E. Rebagliato ... post production runner
Carlos Rincon ... international sales
Mark Roper ... 1st assistant director: additional photography
Mark Sanderson ... production consultant
Dave Shaw ... diving coordinator
Cornelia Stefan ... script supervisor
Vika Turbina ... catering assistant
Charlie Waller ... 2nd assistant director: additional photography
Dean Wares ... titles designed by
Jamie Wisker ... painter: additional photography
Parvez Zabier ... production accountant
Oksana Zaporozhtseva ... catering assistant
Ben Hope ... set security (uncredited)

Thanks

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Alex Strauss ... special thanks: help with script

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Holodomor - Bittere Ernte (Germany)
  • Cosecha amarga (Spain)
  • Colheita Amarga (Brazil)
  • Devil's Harvest
  • Гiркi жнива (Ukraine)
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Runtime
  • 103 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Soundtracks Wedding March See more »
Quotes [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 Holodomor is recognized as one of the great crimes against humanity.
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