Magazine article Screen International

Canadian Financier Launches with 'Bitter Harvest'

Magazine article Screen International

Canadian Financier Launches with 'Bitter Harvest'

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Canadian businessman Ian Ihnatowycz will be at the AFM this weekend to meet potential buyers of Bitter Harvest, the $20m period epic he fully financed.

Max Irons, Terence Stamp, Barry Pepper, Samantha Barks and Tamer Hassan star in the English-language inter-war tale about the Holodomor, the genocidal famine that killed millions in Ukraine.

Ihnatowycz, whose parents fled post-war Ukraine, commissioned Richard Bachynsky-Hoover and director Mendeluk to write the passion project.

The president and CEO of Toronto-based private investment firm First Generation Capital formerly founded investment firm Acuity, which in 2011 was sold for $340m ($7.6bn, including client assets).

"This is a period of history that is virtually unknown in the west," private investment executive Ihnatowycz told Screen. …

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