Little Ashes

May 8th 2009
  • Drama/Historical,
  • R,
  • 107 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty, Rubén Arroyo, Simón Andreu, Marina Gatell, Adrian Devant, Sue Flack, Diana Gómez, Arly Jover, Ferran Lahoz, Esther Nubiola, Bruno Oro, Vicky Peña, Marc Pujol, Christian Rodrigo, Pep Sais
  • Director: Paul Morrison
  • Writer: Philippa Goslett
  • Producers: Carlo Dusi, Jonny Persey, Jaume Vilalta
  • Co Producers: Philippa Goslett, Stewart Le Marechal
  • Associate Producers: Vaishnavi Brassey, Moira Campbell, Nick Leese
  • Executive Producer: Luke Montagu
  • Costume Design: Antonio Belart
  • D.O.P.: Adam Suschitzky
  • Makeup: Patricia Reyes
  • Music: Miguel Mera


In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of Jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at the university; 18 years old and determined to become a great artist.

His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university's social elite - Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunel. Salvador is absorbed into their decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid.

However as time passes, Salvador feels and increasingly strong pull towards the charismatic Federico - who is himself oblivious of the attentions he is getting from his beautiful writer friends, Margarita. Finaly, in the face of his friends' preoccupations - and Federico's growing renown as a poet - Luis sets off for Paris in search of his own artistic success. Federico and Salvador spend the holiday in the sea-side town of Cadaques.

Both the idyllic surroundings and the warmth of the Dali family sweep Federico off his feet. Salvador and he draw closer, sharing their deepest beliefs, inspirations and secrets, convinced that they have found a kind of friendship undreamt of by others. It is more that a meeting of the minds; it is a fusion of souls. And then one night, in the phosphorescent water, it becomes something else...

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image
  • Production Budget: €2.5 million
  • Production Companies: APT Films, Aria Films, Factotum Barcelona S.L., Met Film

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The movie title is taken from Salvador Dalí's 1927-28 painting Cenicitas (Little Ashes). It was originally called The Birth of Venus, before being changed to Sterile Efforts and then finally Cencitas.

While it is widely acknowledged that Lorca was infatuated with Dalí, the artist always denied ever entering a relationship with him.

Little Ashes premiered at the 16th annual Raindance Film Festival in London.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 8 May 2009: UK