The Sarasota Film Society's 24th annual Cine-World Film Festival gets under way Friday.
The lineup for the 10-day festival includes some obscure but intriguing independent films, plus some that already have substantial buzz, made by big-name directors and featuring mainstream movie stars.
Passes, which will get you in to 10, 20 or 40 films, are already available. They're $110, $220 and $400 respectively, but film society members get big discounts. It costs $30 to join the film society for a year, so membership more than pays for itself as soon as you buy any of the passes.
Individual tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 25. Film society members get a discount on those tickets too.
You can get tickets and passes through www.filmsociety.org or at the theater box office. The Sarasota Film Society website has the full schedule of films.
Among the most promising titles are the opening-night documentary "The Armstrong Lie," by award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. The film follows the complicated history of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Gibney set out to make a film that celebrated Armstrong's triumphs, but ended up being there to chronicle his downfall.
Other highlights include "August: Osage County," starring Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor; "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba; "Twice Born," starring Penelope Cruz; and "The Face of Love," starring Ed Harris and Annette Bening.
Details: Nov.1-10, Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Show times: various. Tickets: $9 for Sarasota Film Society member, $12 for non-members. Information: 941-364-8662, www.filmsociety.org.