At the beginning of December we were delighted to debut the first poster for George Mendeluk’s Bitter Harvest. Today we have a fine follow up for you, the first look at the stirring first trailer for the film. Co-written by Mendeluk with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover from on his original story, the film stars Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp.

Bitter Harvest Movie ImageThe new trailer portrays the awful reality of Stalin’s horrific collectivisation during the 1930s, otherwise known Holodomor (a translation of the Ukrainian phrase ‘execution by hunger’). The central love story between Max Irons and Samantha Barks gives an emotional grounding to the unthinkable torment endured during that period. The two sides are drawn well in the trailer, and Mendeluk’s direction looks to capture the terror and passion so important to telling this story.

Bitter Harvest Movie ImageArrow Films are releasing the film here in UK cinemas on the 24th of February. Take a look at the new trailer for Bitter Harvest below.

Bitter Harvest UK MovieTrailer

Bitter Harvest UK Movie Poster

Bitter Harvest UK Movie Poster

Bitter Harvest UK Movie Synopsis

Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a very 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 (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha 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.