Alquimia adds 'Lies,' 'Dances' to slate


MADRID -- Madrid-based production boutique Alquimia Cinema has added two Spanish-language films to its 2007 production slate, Alquimia president and founder Francisco Ramos said Monday.

The first is the €2.2 million ($2.93 million) comedy "Big, Fat Lies," directed by Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes, with a script from Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde. Set to shoot in Spain in May, the film depicts a typical weekend for youngsters in Spain.

The next up is "4 Dances," to be directed by Maria Ripoll. The drama reteams Ripoll with scriptwriter Albert Espinosa ("Tu Vida en 65 Minutos") and will cost €2 million ($2.67 million). The film turns on a boy who grew up too fast, his brother and a special girl and is told in the span of four nights at a dance school.

Alquimia has decided cast for Manuel Toledano's "Monday can Wait" about gay nightlife. The €1.2 million ($1.6 million) musical comedy was written by Toledano ("Shampoo Horns") and stars Hugo Silva, Asier Etxeandia, Alex Gonzalez and Daniele Liotti.

The producer of films like "El Metodo" and "Condom Express" has slowed its rhythm of production over the past few years, while maintaining a festival and boxoffice friendly slate.

"I like to pull together my movies from directors that are close to Alquimia, and it takes a while when you want to maintain your independence and creativity," Ramos said.