CINE-WORLD FILM FESTIVAL: Friday-Nov.10; $12 per film ($9 for Film Society members); Black Pass: $110 for 10 tickets ($80 for members); Red Pass: $210 for 20 films ($150 for members); Silver Pass: $400 for 40 tickets ($280 for members). All screenings are at Burns Court Cinema (506 Burns Lane, Sarasota) except 7:45 p.m. screenings, which are at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas (10715 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch). filmsociety.orgCine-World Film Festival
With over 40 films on its schedule and over 80 showings planned for Burns Court Cinema and Lakewood Ranch Theater, the Sarasota Film Society’s annual Cine-World Film Festival plots a middle ground among area movie events. Not too big, like the massive undertaking every April for the Sarasota Film Festival. Not too small, like the cozy and quirky Fabulous Independent Film Festival that took place a couple of months back. No, Cine-World feels just right for film buffs. That doesn’t mean it will be easy to navigate the hearty menu of movies on offer during the 10-day festival, with everything from stream-of-consciousness experimental films to screwball comedies, heartfelt dramas to illuminating documentaries on the list. Here’s our guide to the best the fest has to offer, tailored to specific tastes. Plan a 10-course movie meal for Cine-World and you’re bound to leave the festival sated. Until the next fest, at least.
(7 p.m. Friday)The Armstrong Lie
Cine-World’s opening night film chronicles the rise and fall of famed (and now infamous) cyclist Lance Armstrong. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (“Freakonomics,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”) interviewed several of the reporters who have been instrumental in exposing Armstrong over the past decade, as well as people who were once in the cyclist’s inner circle.
(2:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8)The Missing Picture
Winner of the “Un Certain Regard” top prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, “The Missing Picture” is a documentary that chronicles Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime of the mid-1970s, using newsreels created by the regime along with intricately carved clay figures of everything from water buffaloes to men with automatic weapons.
(2 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Monday)The Act of Killing
Eight years in the making, “The Act of Killing” is an exploration into the complex psychology of mass murderers active during Indonesia’s campaigns to eradicate communists during the 1960s. The people involved sit down with director Joshua Oppenheimer and re-enact their deeds, in the style of their favorite type of film genre, resulting in a surreal blend of interview and recreated events.
(7 p.m. Monday)Cheap Thrills
An exceptionally dark comedy about a pair of friends who are goaded into a relentless game of one-upsmanship that starts out as a lucrative path to financial security but quickly becomes violent and dangerous. Think “Indecent Proposal” meets “The Most Dangerous Game,” but played for laughs. Kind of.
(5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Tuesday)The Final Member
This documentary tells the story of the Icelandic Phallological Museum – the world’s only penis museum. It follows the museum’s founder and curator as he seeks to acquire a specimen from every mammal on the planet. All he needs to complete the collection is a human penis, and two men have stepped up to be the final donors.
(11:30 a.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday)Oh Boy
Recipient of the 2013 German Film Award for best feature film, “Oh Boy” features a hapless twenty-something negotiating through a typical day of mild misdaventures and vignettes in Berlin. Wry and subtle, think of it as “Run, Lola, Run” in slow motion.
(7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 8, 7:45 p.m. Tuesday)August: Osage County
Loaded with celebrities like veterans Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Dermot Mulroney, not to mention recent hot stuff Benedict Cumberbatch, “August” is based on a Pultizer prize winning play by Tracey Letts. It’s a black comedy loaded with acting greats.
(4:30 p.m. Nov. 7, noon Nov. 8)As I Lay Dying
Lately, James Franco seems like the king of cinema, involved in eight movies releasing this year and another dozen scheduled for the next couple of years. He directs and stars in this adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic novel.
(5 p.m. Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Nov. 10)The Face of Love
Although not the powerhouse of celebrity that “August” is, “The Face of Love” stars Annette Bening, Ed Harris and the newly revived Robin Williams in a cozy drama about a woman who meets a man who resembles her dead husband.
(Part I: noon Nov. 9, Part II: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9)Generation War
Billed as the German “Band of Brothers,” “Generation War” is a four-hour long monster of a film that follows five German friends in their early 20s and the different paths they took through the years of World War II. The movie is split into two different showings, so be sure to get tickets to both.
Cine-World Film Festival Top 10
/ Thursday, October 31, 2013