Mike Newell's film of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic novel Love In The Time Of Cholera will have its world premiere as the closing night film of the ninth annual Rio International Film Festival on Oct 4.

The first major international film in years to shoot in the walled city of Cartagena, Colombia, Love In The Time Of Cholera features a large ensemble cast of Latin, US and European talent including Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Fernanda Montenegro, Liev Schrieber and John Leguizamo. Newell, his cinematographer Affonso Beato, producers Scott Steindorff and Raul Guterres and cast including Bardem and Montenegro are all scheduled to attend.

The festival opens on Thursday (Sept 20) with the world premiere of Jose Padilha's Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite), the true story of two childhood friends employed by Rio's military police special unit and marks the dramatic feature debut of Bus 174 director Padilha. It was co-written by Rodrigo Pimentel and is based on his eyewitness accounts of the drug wars in the city.

The festival will play over 300 films from over 60 countries over the course of its 15 day run including international favourites from Cannes and Berlin like 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, Tuya's Marriage, Paranoid Park and The Mourning Forest as well as Venice and Toronto highlights such as Atonement, It's A Free World, The Assassination Of Jesse James, The Darjeeling Ltd and Blood Brothers.

Premiere Brazil will feature 18 world premieres of new features and documentaries, while Premiere Latina will present 25 films including Ariel Rotter's Berlin prizewinner El Otro and Carlos Reygadas' Stellet Licht.