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Little Ashes -- A chronicle of the time where Salvador Dalí meets Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel, and follows them into the era of their country’s civil war.


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Love. Art. Betrayal. See more »
About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Javier Beltrán ... Federico García Lorca

Robert Pattinson ... Salvador Dalí

Matthew McNulty ... Luis Buñuel

Marina Gatell ... Magdalena
Bruno Oro ... Paco

Esther Nubiola ... Adela
Marc Pujol ... Carlos

Arly Jover ... Gala

Simón Andreu ... Fernando de Valle

Vicky Peña ... Tía de Magdalena
Rubén Arroyo ... Rafael

Diana Gómez ... Ana María

Pep Sais ... Profesor de Arte
Joan Picó ... Joven Oficial

Ferran Audí ... Guardia 1
Adria Allue ... Guardia 2
Ferran Lahoz ... Señor Milagro

Christian Rodrigo ... Joven Periodista

Sue Flack ... Señora
Adrian Devant ... Titiritero
Ramon Enrich ... Profesor (as Ramón Enrich)
Xavi Siles ... Hombre 1
Philippa Goslett ... Federico's Sioster
Hannah Rútzou ... Federico's Sister
Paco Alonso ... Gypsy Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Piero Verzello ... Joven burgués (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Morrison 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippa Goslett  writer

Produced by
Robert Bevan .... executive producer: DIII Llp
Vaishnavi Brassey .... associate producer (as Pikka Brassey)
Moira Campbell .... associate producer
Paul Colichman .... executive producer
Fernando Bofill de La Fuente .... line producer (as Fernando Bofill)
Tony Defries .... associate producer
Carlo Dusi .... producer
Philippa Goslett .... co-producer
Keith Hayley .... executive producer: DIII Llp
Stephen P. Jarchow .... executive producer
Stewart Le Marechal .... co-producer (as Stewart Le Maréchal)
Nick Leese .... associate producer
Luke Montagu .... executive producer
Jonny Persey .... producer
Charlie Savill .... executive producer: DIII Llp
Debbie Stasson .... executive producer (as Debra Stasson)
Jaume Vilalta .... producer
Original Music by
Miguel Mera 
Cinematography by
Adam Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rachel Tunnard 
Casting by
Mercè Espelleta 
Production Design by
Pere Francesc  (as Pere Franesch)
Set Decoration by
Francisco Gámez 
Damián Ezequel Turovezky 
Costume Design by
Antonio Belart 
Makeup Department
Patricia Arnáiz .... hair stylist
Patricia Arnáiz .... makeup artist
Raquel Esteban .... additional hair stylist
Raquel Esteban .... additional makeup artist
Alba Guillén .... hair stylist
Alba Guillén .... makeup artist
Maite Mendívil .... additional hair stylist (as Maite Mendivil)
Maite Mendívil .... additional makeup artist (as Maite Mendivil)
Nani Redondo .... hair stylist trainee
Nani Redondo .... makeup artist trainee
Patricia Reyes .... hair designer
Patricia Reyes .... makeup designer
Production Management
Patrick Fischer .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rebecca Goldie .... third assistant director
Renata Lutti .... third assistant director
Emilio Martínez-Borso .... second assistant director
Veronica Priefer .... trainee assistant director
Carlos Reines .... first assistant director (as Carlos Reinés)
Luis Sastre .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joan Artigau .... set decoration supplier
Ignacio Begni .... additional set constructor
Francisco Caballero .... set construction manager
Pere Carreras .... assistant art director
Laura Coso .... set decoration trainee
Natalia Jacob .... props
Joaquín Jara .... painter
Jora Alberto Olave .... additional set constructor
Roger de la Peña .... additional set constructor
Bernat Puig .... set decoration buyer
Alejandro Pujol .... additional set constructor
Manuel E. Rubio .... additional set constructor (as Manuel Enrique Rubio)
Laia Serra .... props assistant
Eñaut Tolosa .... additional set constructor
Juan P. Vilalta .... set constructor
Maribel Yanire .... additional set constructor
Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... adr editor
Jovan Ajder .... dialogue editor
Blai Barba .... sound trainee
Samir Foco .... sound re-recording mixer
Samir Foco .... supervising sound editor
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Srdjan Kurpjel .... additional dialogue recordist
Jaume Meléndez .... sound recordist
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform
Sven Taits .... sound re-recording mixer
Marcel Vilar .... boom operator
Sacha Walker .... additional sound editor
Visual Effects by
Simon Kilroe .... lead compositor
Simon Kilroe .... visual effects supervisor
Lewis Saunders .... visual effects artist
Shanaullah Umerji .... visual effects producer
Anthony Webb .... visual effects artist
Mark Wellband .... visual effects on-set supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Barceló .... camera operator: second unit
Caterina Barjau .... still photographer
Jorge Barros .... electrician
Àngela Coll .... additional electrician
Manuel Duque .... electrician
Zuriñe Etxebarría .... second assistant camera (as Zurine Etxebarría)
Álvaro Fernández Puig .... first assistant camera
Álvaro Fernández Puig .... focus puller (as Alvaro Fernández)
Martín Judewicz .... additional electrician
Mirko Matisic .... key grip (as Mirko Matisky)
Xabier Albert Méndez .... electrician
Xavier Méndez .... electrician
Juanjo Ordorica .... video assist operator
Toni Pellicer .... still photographer
Cristina Pérez .... camera assistant: second unit
Ivan Vatez Rodriguez .... gaffer (as Iván Rodriguez)
Alfonso Rojas .... additional electrician
Sergi Syñe .... hot head grip
David Vallvé .... best boy (as David Vallvé Diaz)
Casting Department
Sharon Howard-Field .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Antonia Chamorro .... additional costume assistant
Sartería Cornejo .... dress designer
Mercè Crespo .... second costume assistant (as Mercé Crespo)
Cynthia Lorena Rodríguez .... additional costume assistant
Hanne Rútzou .... second second costume assistant
Maribel Salvans .... first costume assistant
Editorial Department
Tom Balkwill .... post-production consultant
Len Brown .... film consultant
Dave Chapman .... conform editor
Andrew Dearnley .... digital intermediate film supervisor
Mark Foligno .... digital intermediate executive producer: Molinare
Matt James .... digital intermediate technician
Nicola Jones .... post-production coordinator
Soren Kloch .... digital intermediate film supervisor
Justin Lanchbury .... digital intermediate executive producer: Molinare
Emma McQuillen .... assistant conform editor
Steve Milne .... digital intermediate executive producer: Molinare
Katie Shahrokh .... digital intermediate post-production manager
Russell Stopford .... post-production executive (as Russel Stopford)
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate technician
Matthew Troughton .... colorist (as Mat Troughton)
Music Department
Laurence Aston .... music business affairs
Richard Baylis .... musician: horn
Ruth Buxton .... musician: clarinet
David Clegg .... musician: counter-tenor
Louisa Fuller .... musician: violin
Sophie Harris .... musician: cello
Timothy Henty .... conductor
Helen Kamminga .... musician: viola
Rick Koster .... musician: violin
Miguel Mera .... conductor
Craig Ogden .... musician: guitar
Steve Parr .... music recording engineer
Andy Pask .... musician: bass
Carla Rees .... musician: flute
Gary Ryan .... musician: guitar
Alison Stephens .... musician: mandolin
Matthew West .... musician: horn
Andrew Zolinsky .... musician: piano
Other crew
Ana Alonso .... additional production assistant
Montse Lacruz Andreu .... production assistant (as Montse la Cruz)
Mathew Andrews .... title designer
Marc Andrés .... making-of
Javier Angulo .... head of marketing and unit publicist: Aseicine
Reno Antoniades .... legal services: Lee & Thompson and Pallarés Asesores
Charlotte Bates .... production assistant: UK
Josep M. Bendicho .... location scout (as Jose M. Bendicho)
Pere Cabañas .... making-of
Frederic Comí .... making-of
David Cornellana .... production assistant
Ben Dornan .... additional production assistant
Martha Escoda .... production secretary
Maria Fernández .... second production assistant
Nena Blanquer Genovart .... production coordinator (as Nena Blanquer)
Rebecca Goldie .... dialogue coach: Marina Gatell and Javier Beltran
Nick Leese .... head of marketing and unit publicist: Organic Marketing
Elena Manich .... second production assistant
José Ignacio Martín .... location assistant
Pablo Mascotti .... location manager
Lara Masters .... script consultant: Euroscript
Jose M. Perdigó .... first production assistant
Oriol Picarin .... diving instructor (as Oriol Picarín)
Ana Celia Pintado .... legal services: Lee & Thompson and Pallarés Asesores
Carlota Planas .... legal services: Lee & Thompson and Pallarés Asesores
Oscar Puente .... space reservations
Magda Rodriguez .... dialogue guide
Angel Rodríguez .... financial director
Leif Rutzõu .... location assistant
Oriol Sabala .... second production assistant
Sanjay Sharma .... production assistant: UK
Trini Solano .... head of marketing and unit publicist: La Porteria de Jorge Juan
Elena Vilallonga .... translator: French dialogue
Anna Vilà .... script continuity
Marc Vizcarro .... second production assistant
Daniel Vázquez .... additional production assistant
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
Juan Luis Buñuel .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Robert Pattinson admitted in German magazine "Interview" that he masturbated for real during the sex scene, because he found it impossible to fake an orgasm and the reactions of the body and face during that moment.See more »
[first lines]
Federico García Lorca:[whispering voiceover] Dry land, quiet land of immense night. Wind in the olive grove. Wind in the sierra.
[overlapping dialogue]
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Referenced in The DUFF (2015)See more »
Etude Op.10 No.12 (Revolutionary) in C minorSee more »

14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An intelligent, poetic film that could've been much better., 28 January 2010
Author: Metal Angel Ehrler from Honduras

It's satisfying and revealing for us to read our favorite authors, to see our favorite paintings and to watch those movies of old which have touched our hearts...and then, once we read an autobiography or watch a biopic about their creators, they make so much more sense and acquire an ever deeper brilliance to them because we can FEEL their emotions and because we know WHY they created such marvelous pieces of art. Watching Paul Morrison's remarkably powerful "Little Ashes", I feel like I'm never going to read Federico García Lorca, I'm never going to appreciate Salvador Dalí and I'm never going to see Luis Buñuel under the same light ever again. Morrison's film gives us that special kind of enlightenment, and it transports us to a different age in such a way that, once it's over, we feel trapped in between our present day and a tempestuously romantic afternoon in 1922.

"Little Ashes" takes place in 1922 Spain, when the country was under the violent regime of the Guerilla, and when the church and the government forced a conservative attitude on life, art and sex. Revolution was beginning to be whispered in the dark corners of universities and Bohemian bars, and it is here where we find Federico García Lorca (Javier Beltrán), an eager student who writes beautiful poems but who seeks betterment. We also find his best friend Luis Buñuel (Matthew McNulty), a revolutionary cinephile who gains the inspiration for his short films from the disturbing situation in Spain. These are nice young men who live the life of students and artists, happily bashing at the government but always remaining within their boundaries. But along comes Salvador Dalí (Robert Pattinson), a quirky young painter who dreams of becoming the greatest painter of Spain and who constantly challenges social boundaries and incites freedom of expression. García Lorca and Buñuel become instant friends with Dalí, but from the first moment they meet, García Lorca and Dalí are joined together by an unbearable attraction...which they must keep hidden, especially from their mutual friend Buñuel who hates homosexuals and from the rest of their society who could threaten their lives.

The film constantly mixes and entwines different subjects: the tense, suffocating love between García Lorca and Dalí, their complicated relationship with Buñuel, the political situation of the country and their artistic flashes of genius. We get to a point where we don't know whether the action and dialogue on screen pertains to a political or romantic subject. These three men are geniuses, and they all have a complicated personality that constantly clashes with each other's art and political views. This is remarkable- the mélange of subjects and points of view. It makes the viewer a spectator of the historical drama that surrounded the characters, and it floods us with information and emotions which don't make us biased towards a specific character. It's not that kind of film where you either love or hate the heroes and villains; everyone is both a sweetheart and a monster, everything has a good side and a bad one to it. It's up to us, the viewers, to take sides and analyze whom and what we sympathize with.

The film is poetic, in every sense of the word. García Lorca reads his poems in various scenes, other scenes feature sweeping takes of a mesmerizing landscape with sublime music, other scenes feature deep and intelligent dialogue that could never be understood without a profound look into the characters' souls. That's another thing I loved about the film- the fact that it feeds you raw art, raw emotion and it's up to you to make sense of it all. This is a film to be analyzed, pondered and savored in your entrails. Anything less than that, and you're bound to lose track of some things. The characters never say or express what they feel, but resort to beautiful (yet complicated) poems, surrealist paintings or obscure films to hint at the reason behind their actions. We, the audience, take it all in, bask in their art, and weigh everything.

The film is executed with a quiet finesse, with sublime tenderness. It gives you facts little by little, it gives you time to explore each character, it gives you pieces of their artistic work, and you begin to finally understand what everything means. The actors deliver fine performances (with the special mention of Robert Pattinson who managed to capture Dalí almost perfectly, and who's inspired in his portrayal), the directing flows like undisturbed water, the writing is perfect and the overall production has little to be disliked.

But there is a slight flaw: there are moments of extreme tension, when the mood and the topic of the film have reached such nerve-wrecking heights and the film, in its attempt to keep up with the pace, cuts off the tension. Notice the scene where García Lorca, Dalí and Magdalena, a friend of theirs, are alone in their dorm room and the two men have had a bitter discussion; this is one of the most disturbing scenes in the film, and there isn't a follow up to the emotions exposed therein. Or notice a poignant scene, where Dalí and García Lorca are swimming; it's perfectly executed, but the next scene abruptly cuts the overall feeling the one before had created. Nevertheless, like I said before, it's a SLIGHT flaw, and the rest of the film rewards us and redeems our viewing experience.

This movie is based on actual characters, actual facts, and is inspired by written documents attesting to the majority of events, but great artistic liberty has also been used to add drama and romance. It had all the elements to make it a potential timeless masterpiece, but it remains at the level of a 'pretty good film.' Interesting to watch, enlightening, satisfying...but not as moving as I thought it would be.

Rating: 3 stars out of 4!

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