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Ashes in the Snow (2018)

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In 1941, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl's passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history.


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Credited cast:
Bel Powley ... Lina
Sophie Cookson ... Ona
James Cosmo ... Mr. Stakas
Peter Franzén ... Commander Komarov
Jonah Hauer-King ... Andrius Aras
Martin Wallström ... Nikolai Kretzsky
Lisa Loven Kongsli ... Elena
Sam Hazeldine ... Kostas Vilkas
Adrian Schiller ... The Man Who Winds His Watch
Nadja Bobyleva ... Marija
Timothy Innes ... Nojus
Tom Sweet Tom Sweet ... Jonas Vilkas
Dolya Gavanski ... Mrs. Aras
Aiste Dirziute ... Joana
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In 1941, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl's passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history.

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Inspired by True Events.


Drama | History | Romance | War

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Lithuania | USA


English | Russian | Lithuanian

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (Lithuania) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Bel Powley (Lina) and Jonah Hauer-King (Andrius Aras) have both worked with an actor who's appeared in the American TV show, 'Once Upon A Time'. Bel appeared in the movie, 'Carrie Pilby' with Colin O'Donoghue, where they played Carrie Pilby and Professor Harrison respectively, while Jonah appeared in the TV show, 'Little Women' with Julian Morris, where they played Laurie Laurence and John Brooke respectively. In 'Once Upon A Time', Colin O'Donoghue played the character of Captain Hook aka. Killian Jones, while Julian Morris played the character of Prince Phillip. Colin and Julian have shared several scenes in the show. See more »


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If you like moves that reject the Hollywood establishment, you'll love Ashes in the Snow
12 January 2019 | by jennvirskus-66959See all my reviews

I'm stunned at the harsh reviews some critics are giving this movie, most who admit to not having read the book and clearly have NO idea about this part of history-and many who belittle the necessity of telling a story about Siberian deportees, one calling it a "footnote to history." BUT, that's why you SHOULD GO SEE Ashes in the Snow.

The book was adapted from Ruta Sepetys' bestselling young adult novel Between Shades of Gray, about a 15-year-old girl who is deported to Siberia along with her mother and younger brother (and by the way, the deportations were not limited to the World War II years but began in the 1930s and lasted well into the 1950s). One critic criticized a scene in which women and children are forced to build shelters with their bare hands and survive on bread and water; the movie is "inspired by" but that part is NOT FICTION. The types of events depicted absolutely did happen-those, and so much worse. If you read the novel, it's quite obvious it's written for a younger audience (you should still read it!) but that's because Ruta's goal was to reach students. The movie reflects this, and at times, events or dialogue are grazed over so as not to be too terrifying.

It's an ambitious story, especially to tell in under two hours, but at the very least, it's an admirable attempt. There have been countless movies dramatizing the horrors of Hitler's German, but far fewer about the atrocities committed in the Soviet Union under Stalin. And if nothing else, this movie is timely, as Russia engages in military action in Ukraine (having already annexed Crimea) and Putin has stated repeatedly that he wants the Baltic States back.

Bel Powley does a beautiful job as Lina, the movie's main character, and Swedish actor Martin Wallstrom is excellent as Kretzsky. When it has appeared at film festivals, the movie has met an overwhelmingly positive reception. And if you like films and filmmakers that reject the Hollywood establishment in favor of making the movie they believe needs to be made, you'll REALLY like Ashes in the Snow.

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