Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"Love In The Time Of Cholera," The Movie

Who is Gabriel García Márquez?

"Love In The Time Of Cholera," one of the greatest novels in any languange written by Colombian Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez, is coming to a theatre near you.

The Nobel Prize honor bestowed upon García Márquez is one of the most celebrated milestones in Latin American history. The book was first published in 1985, and follows the heartbroken-struggles of Florentina Ariza as he sets out to win the heart of Fermina Daza. It takes Ariza 51 years, nine months and four days to satisfy his aching heart.

Garcia Marquez has sold millions of copies of his books over the course of his career, initially gaining international literary fame with his 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude," which was recently described by Bill Clinton as "the greatest novel in any language since William Faulkner died."

Another fan of Gabriel García Márquez is popular daytime talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, whose has so graciously included Gabriel Garcia Marquez's epic work, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" in her popular book club, listed as a must read. This has been great in promoting authors whom have yet to be discovered by readers who have not been exposed to the great works in Latin literature. The books, an often confusing but magnetic story, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is the tale of the mythical village of Macondo and its longtime inhabitants, the Buendia family. It has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Up to now García Márquez has always resisted the temptation to allow any high-budget English language films of his works to be produced. The most commercial adaptation of his books to hit the screen was the 1987 Italian version of Chronicle of a Death Foretold, directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Rupert Everett

As change has come to Colombia, García Márquez has also experienced a change of heart and allowed for his novel "Love In The Time Of Cholera" to be produced into a major Hollywood motion picture slated for the big screen.

Adapted for the screen by Oscar winner Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) and directed by Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

“Love In the Time Of Cholera” examines the tale of two lovers, Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) and Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), one more obsessed than the other, who part ways at an early age to live two very different lives. The film then tracks each over the years (circa, late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th century), while Fermina settles down with a doctor (Benjamin Bratt) her father forces her to wed and Florentino engages in 622 affairs in an attempt to mask the pain he feels due to the one that got away. Also starring in this sure-to-be-an-Oscar-contender are Liev Schreiber. Including John Leguizamo, the very lovely (and talented) Catalina Sandino Moreno and Hector Elizondo.
”Love In The Time Of Cholera” arrives in theaters on November 16.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video regarding the making of "Love In The Time Of Cholera" which was shot in Cartagena, Colombia over a period of five months.

What a great way to experience Colombia!

You have to give the producers a lot of credit for shooting the movie on location and employing a large number of locals. Also a great way to contribute to the local ecomomy.

The cast has nothing but great things to say about their experience in Colombia and more importantly, the people of Colombia.

"Love In The Time Of Cholera" will get its world premiere during the Rio International Film Festival, which is one of Latin America's biggest film festivals.

Hope you enjoy the video.

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