‘Bitter Harvest’ Trailer: Love, Honor, and Rebellion

Max Irons and Samantha Barks star in Bitter Harvest
Max Irons and Samantha Barks star in ‘Bitter Harvest.’

Roadside Attractions just released the official trailer for Bitter Harvest starring Max Irons (The White Queen, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Misérables). The romantic drama, which was shot in the Ukraine, is based on a true story. George Mendeluk directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover. In addition to Irons and Barks, the cast includes Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan, and Terence Stamp. Bitter Harvest opens in theaters on February 24, 2017.

The Plot: Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (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.

Watch the Bitter Harvest trailer: