Stone Village Pictures presents one of the greatest love stories ever told, based on the timeless masterpiece by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez …
Love in the Time of Cholera.
Spanning a half-century in the complex, magical and sensual city of Cartageña, Colombia, the sweeping romantic epic tells the story of a man who waits over fifty years for his one true love.
Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem stars as Florentino Ariza, a poet and telegraph clerk who discovers his life’s passion when he sees Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) through the window of her father’s villa. Through a series of passionate letters, Florentino gradually awakens the young beauty’s heart, but her father (John Leguizamo) is furious when he learns of the affair, and vows to keep them apart forever.
As the years go by, Fermina marries the sophisticated aristocrat Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), who has brought order and medicine to Cartageña, stemming the waves of cholera that mysteriously besiege the city. He sweeps her away to Paris for years, and when they start their lives together back in Cartageña, she has all but forgotten her first love.
But Florentino has not forgotten her. Now a wealthy ship-owner, Florentino engages in a series of affairs but still yearns for Fermina. His heart is patient, and he will wait a lifetime for the chance to be with her again.
Directed by Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Enchanted April), Love in the Time of Cholera is a thrilling, sensual and complex journey into the very heart of love. The Stone Village Pictures production is produced by Golden Globe winner Scott Steindorff (The Human Stain, Empire Falls) and the screenplay is by Oscar®-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood (The Pianist), based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez. The executive producers are Danny Greenspun, Robin Greenspun, Andrew Molaski, Chris Law, Michael Nozik, Dylan Russell and Scott LaStaiti.
The stellar ensemble cast feature Academy Award® nominee Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls, The Sea Inside, No Country for Old Men), Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup winner for Don’t Tell, David di Notello Award winner for Facing Windows), Benjamin Bratt (Traffic, Clear and Present Danger), Academy Award® nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, Pretty Woman), Liev Schreiber (The Omen) and Fernanda Montenegro (The House of Sand and Fog, Central Station), with Laura Harring (Mulholland Dr.) and John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge, Collateral Damage)
The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Alfonso Beato, ASC, A.B.C. (The Queen), production designer Wolf Kroeger (Beyond Borders), editor Mick Audsley (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and costume designer Marit Allen (Brokeback Mountain). Antonio Pinto (City of God) composed the score, and Colombian-born musical superstar Shakira contributes original songs.
Love in the Time of Cholera (rated “R” by the M.P.A.A. for “sexual content/nudity and brief language”) will be released in the United States and Canada by New Line Cinema on November 16th, 2007 and internationally by Summit Entertainment.