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Ashes in the Snow is a Lithuanian-American World War II drama film based on The New York Times best selling novel Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. It stars Aistė Diržiūtė, Bel Powley, Martin Wallström, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Jonah Hauer-King, Peter Franzén and Sophie Cookson. It had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival on 21 September 2018.

Ashes in the Snow
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Directed byMarius A. Markevicius
Produced byChris Coen
Marius A. Markevicius
Žilvinas Naujokas
Prithvi Chavan
Ruta Sepetys
Written byBen York Jones
Based onBetween Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys
StarringBel Powley
Jonah Hauer-King
Martin Wallström
Tom Sweet
CinematographyRamunas Greicius
Edited by
  • Sorrento Productions
  • Tauras Films
  • Twilight Merengue Studios
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release date
  • 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21) (LAFF)
  • 11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,505,976 (Lithuania)[1]



This is a coming-of-age tale of a young girl, who with her mother and younger brother is deported to a Soviet labor camp amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during World War II. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings.[2]

In 1941, sixteen-year old Lina (Bel Powley) is preparing for art school, first dates and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina's father gets separated from the family and put in a prison camp. Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like her, by documenting the experience in her art and notes. She risks everything, hoping that her messages in art will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know his family is still alive. but sadly never makes it to him. [3]




On 19 May 2015, it was announced that Bel Powley was attached to play the lead role of Lina Vilkas.[4] On 3 November 2015, Jonah Hauer-King was added to the cast.[5] On 3 February 2016, it was announced that Martin Wallström was cast as the movie's male lead, playing a Soviet officer taunted for being Ukrainian, who befriends the young girl and her mother.[2] Norwegian actress Lisa Loven Kongsli was cast as Lina's mother Elena Vilkas, James Cosmo as Mr.Stalas, and Peter Franzén as General Komarov.[6]

Four Lithuanian actors were cast: Aistė Diržiūtė, Gabija Jaraminaitė, Darius Meškauskas, and Ramūnas Cicėnas.[6]


In the late January 2016, filming began in Nida, Lithuania.[7] Filming in Vilnius began in April 2016 and moved to Kaunas in May.[6]


On 13 September 2018, official song for the movie was released. It was announced, that the cover of Bob Dylan song "Ring Them Bells", performed by Lithuanian singer Gjan, will appear in the end titles of "Ashes in the Snow". Music video for the song was directed by Marius Markevicius and features scenes from the movie.[8]


The film had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival on 21 September 2018.[9] Vertical Entertainment will distribute the film in the United States.[10]


  1. ^ "Ashes in the snow (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kit, Borys (3 February 2016). "'Mr. Robot' Breakout Martin Wallstrom Joins Bel Powley in 'Ashes in the Snow' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Ashes In The Snow - Tauras films". Tauras films. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  4. ^ Roxborough, Scott (19 March 2015). "Cannes: Bel Powley to Star in WWII Drama 'Ashes in the Snow'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. ^ Jaafar, Ali (3 November 2015). "Jonah Hauer-King Joins WWII Drama 'Ashes In The Snow' Opposite Bel Powley". Deadline. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "„Tarp pilkų debesų" filmavime atgimė 1941-ųjų Kaunas". Hollywood Reporter. KINFO. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Bestseller about Lithuanian exiles in Soviet Russia being adapted to film in Lithuania". 29 January 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Premjera: atlikėja GJan filmui „Tarp pilkų debesų" perdainavo žinomą Bobo Dylano dainą". (in Lithuanian). 14 September 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. ^ Kilday, Gregg (15 August 2018). "LA Film Festival to Open With Music Doc 'Echo in the Canyon'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Ashes in the Snow". LA Film Festival. Retrieved 19 September 2018.

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