A GERMAN film director has used a popular British-run hotel for his latest project.

Thomas Haaf spent a couple of days filming around Hotel Molino del Santo, near Ronda, for his feature film Asche (or Ashes).

The film tells the story of a couple in their late 30s who re-locate to Andalucia because of his job.

The film catalogues the strains this move puts on their relationship as their lives take different paths and they mix with new characters.

Haaf, who lives in Marbella, chose the hotel and nearby Benaojan train station as the level crossing was needed for ‘flashback moments’.

Many scenes were also filmed around the hotel and restaurant, which has a highly-rated Scottish chef Gordon Brown.

The film, due for release in the autumn, will be subtitled in English, French and Spanish.