In the midst of the repression and political unrest of pre-Spanish Civil War, eccentric artist Salvador Dalí and renowned poet and revolutionary Federico García Lorca find their artistic and sexual freedom in each other.
The two form a bond challenged by their fierce ambitions, the struggle between a love for Spain and a love for each other.
“Little Ashes” opens in Madrid, 1922 – a city wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dalí arrives at university at the age of 18, 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 García Lorca and Luis Buñuel.
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 an increasingly strong pull toward the charismatic Federico – who is oblivious to the attention he is getting from his beautiful writer friend, Magdalena.
A seemingly innocent kiss throws Federico and Salvador into the realms of the taboo. The two embark on an unspoken, secret relationship.
The close friendship between Dalí and Lorca inspired British screenwriter Philippa Goslett. Although it is widely accepted that Lorca was infatuated with Dalí, the artist repetedly denied ever embarking on a physical relationship the poet. Goslett bases her decision to depict the affair as fact upon her exhaustive research.
The cast includes Javier Beltrán as Federico García Lorca, Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dalí, Matthew McNulty as Luis Buñuel and Marina Gatell as Magdalena.
Regent Releasing’s “Little Ashes” will open in limited release on March 27.