Spanish producer Alquimia Cinema has unveiled its slate for 2004 including new films from directors Bigas Luna (Golden Balls), Marcelo Pineyro (Kamchatka) and Maria Ripoll (Tortilla Soup).
The untitled coming-of-age tale scripted by Luna for an October shoot follows a twenty-something girl as she sets out to discover the world. With a heavy musical component and set to star an unnamed leading young Spanish actress, it may most closely resemble Jamon, Jamon, Luna's 1992 hit starring a young Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Ripoll is expected to direct two films for Alquimia this year. The first, romantic comedy Your Life In 65 Minutes (Tu Vida En 65 Minutos), is scripted by Albert Espinosa (4th Floor) and set in Barcelona. The second, English-language ensemble drama Rooftop, may be set up as a Euros 4-5m Spanish-Canada-UK co-production, shooting in New York and Canada with post-production in Europe.
Argentina's Pineyro will direct El Metodo Gronholm (The Gronholm Method), a Euros 2.5m drama set against the world of multinational executive recruiting, for a spring shoot. Pineyro is co-writing the script, an adaptation of the stageplay by Jordi Galceran, with regular Alejandro Amenabar collaborator Mateo Gil (Vanilla Sky).
Alquimia chief Francisco Ramos aims to produce six films this year, confident that the high-profile talent involved will help clinch financing both in Spain and abroad. "We are working with very solid and recognised directors, which should allow us to generate international co-production monies."
Other projects in the works at Alquimia include Luis Prieto's youth comedy Condon Express and Enrique Gabriel-directed melodrama Small Lives (Vidas Pequenas).