Baltic Film Weekend: LITHUANIA

ASHES IN THE SNOW

YEAR: 2018

DIRECTED BY: MARIUS A. MARKEVICIUS

RUNTIME: 1h 38m

One girl’s voice breaks the silence of history

In 1941, sixteen-year-old Lina 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 has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. All is lost. Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

“Ashes in the Snow” is the story of a 16 year-old aspiring artist whose family is deported to Siberia during Soviet Russia’s purges of Eastern Europe in WWII. Millions of people were affected by this relatively unknown history which has become eerily relevant again with recent world events involving Russia, Putin, and aggressive military action on the Baltic/NATO borders.

Director Marius A. Markevicius
Script Ben York Jones, Ruta Sepetys
Cinematography Ramunas Greicius
Music Volker Bertelmann
Producers Chris Coen, Marius A. Markevicius
Žilvinas Naujokas, Prithvi Chavan, Ruta Sepetys

Cast

Bel Powley
James Cosmo
Sophie Cookson
Peter Franzén