By Max Sandler

Varese Sarabande Records are set to release the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album for Benjamin Wallfisch’s upcoming score Bitter Harvest. A limited edition of 1000 CDs will begin shipping the week of February 20, 2017, followed by a release on digital platforms.

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 communists in the Kremlin, 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 that 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.

Filmed on location in Ukraine, this epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe. The stellar cast also includes Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp. Director George Mendeluk co wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky Hoover based on Bachynsky Hoover’s original story. 

Roadside Attractions will release the film in the U.S. on February 24, 2017.