A second production thrust is almost a kissing cousin: Beyond "Alatriste," a number of big-budget films, for Spain at least, are advancing in production: Lola's "Manolete
," toplining Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody, from Menno Meyjes ("Max"), is in post; Antonio Hernandez's "The Borgias," broadcaster Antena 3's flagship production, and Antonio Cuadri's "The Heart of the Earth," are way above Spain's average $3 million budget.
He'll also present material from his latest pic, Adrien Brody-Penelope Cruz romancer "Manolete
." Gomez is a producer of big pics (for Spain) and big pronouncements on big occasions, so don't be surprised if he wields a Montecristo to make one on the Croisette.
* Menno Meynes' $17 million bullfight romance "Manolete
" rolls March 20, with Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz.
Mexican-born documentarian Emilio Maille has lived in Paris since 1980, and has directed the docus "Los anos arruza," bullfighter portrait "Manolete
" and "Un Bunuel Mexicano," among others.