Colombian hostage pic finds Euro takers

French and Spanish rights sold for 'Operation E'

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has acquired French rights to Miguel Courtois’ political thriller “Operation E.”

Distrib DeAPlaneta has taken Spain.

“Operation” chronicles the 2008 liberation of hostages Clara Rojas, her son Emmanuel and Consuelo Gonzalez by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Spain’s Luis Tosar (“Even the Rain”) plays Jose Crisanto, a Colombian peasant who risks his life to get Emmanuel to hospital.

Colombian actress Martina Garcia (“Biutiful”) co-stars.

Now in post, “Operation” is Paris-born helmer Courtois’ third Spanish feature, following on real-events-inspired thrillers “El Lobo” and “GAL.”

Tosar’s Zircozine produces alongside Cristina Zumarraga’s Tormenta Films and France’s Ajoz Films.

Ajoz founder Ariel Zeitoun, whose film credits include EuropaCorp titles “Bandidas” and “Colombiana,” spun the idea of “Operation E” to Courtois after reading an article in a French newspaper.

Courtois’ regular scribe Antonio Onetti penned the script.

Spanish pubcaster TVE and Gallic paybox Canal Plus are also backing the film.

At Berlin, DeAPlaneta’s international sales arm, DeAPlaneta Intl., is presenting buyers with a promo of “Operation E.”

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