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Lopez Linares explores 3-D cave pic

Morena to co-produce docu-fiction 'Altamira'

MADRID — Spain’s premier docu director, Jose Luis Lopez Linares, is joining forces with Madrid-based outfit Morena Films to produce 3-D docu-fiction film “El maestro de Altamira” (The Maestro of Altamira).

Rolling from early October in the Paleolithic caves of Altamira, Northern Spain, pic will combine scientific and cultural content, shooting in the inner of the caves, with action scenes recreating the lives of its inhabitants as they cook, hunt and fight.

The fiction part will include three plots — about the artist who painted the caves, the archeologist who discovered them and two scientists investigating them. Spanish thesp Carlos Bardem (“Guerrilla”) will play the maestro.

Budgeted around Euros2 million ($2.8 million), the stereoscopic 3-D film is backed by Cantabria’s regional government, the Altamira Museum and the Marcelino Botin Foundation.

Lopez Linares’ shingle Lopez-Li Films co-produces.

“There’s been a crucial evolution in stereoscopic 3-D that now allows us to produce 3-D films at reasonable prices,” said Morena Films’ producer Alvaro Longoria.

“3-D pics that a few years back could cost $20 million, today cost $2.8 million, thanks to HD technology,” he said.

Spanish theatrical 3-D and 2-D, and DVD rights will be handled by local distributor Premium. Morena is preparing a shorter version of “Altamira” for Imax circuit exhibition.

Beyond co-producing Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” pics, Morena has been involved in high-profile international docus-features such as Oliver Stone’s “Comandante.”

Lopez Linares’ recent credits as film director includes gastronomic thriller “The Chicken, The Fish and The King Crab,” which was an international sales hit.