Magazine article Screen International

Entre Chien & Loup Picks Up Betancourt Memoirs

Magazine article Screen International

Entre Chien & Loup Picks Up Betancourt Memoirs

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EXCLUSIVE: Former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt is to executive produce a major new film based on her memoir Even Silence Has An End.

Ambitious Brussels-based Entre Chien & Loup has picked up the rights to Betancourt's memoirs and are currently packaging the project.

"The level of budget is not going to be below [euro]20 million," said Sebastien Delloye of what is likely to be the biggest budget film in the company's history.

In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential elections, Betancourt was abducted by the FARC (the Colombian Revolutionary Army). She spent six and a half years as a hostage in the jungle, several of them in chains. After several escape attempts of her own, she was saved by the Colombian forces in a reckless rescue operation called "operation jaque". Her story became an international media sensation.

The Betancourt movie is one of several new projects on Entre Chien & Loup's production slate as the company embraces "more ambitious and market-oriented projects" in the words of producer and founder Diana Elbaum. …

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