FILM OPENS APRIL 17TH NATIONALLY - 100 SCREENS The long-awaited film adaptation. Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hector Elizondo, Liev Schreiber, Fernanda Montenegro, Laura Harring, John Leguizamo Director: Mike Newell ( Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ) Gabriel García Márquez's novel LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA straddles the line between pop and art, and manages to be both a bestseller and a literary masterpiece. With an excellent cast and a timeless story, Mike Newell's cinematic adaptation strives for that same balance. As a young man in 19th- Century Colombia, Florentino Ariza (played primarily by Javier Bardem) falls in love with a beautiful woman named Fermina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno). But an overprotective father (John Leguizamo) and too much reality intrude on their romance, and Fermina marries a successful doctor, Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt). But a wedding ring-and the passing decades-aren't enough to dissuade Florentino from his love, even as he beds hundreds of women as he tries to get over his undying passion.