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Cinematic feast is spread in Sarasota

Sarasota's annual celebration of worldwide cinema returns to Burns Court Cinema today, when the Cine-World International Film Festival opens its doors.

Thirty-nine films will be screened in 10 days within the triscreen setting of Burns Court, which was built by the Sarasota Film Society for precisely these occasions. This year's lineup contains a strong influx of Spanish and French cinema, along with the latest works by directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Alan Rudolph, Eric Rohmer and even the gross-out mecca Troma Films (Killer Kondom, next weekend).

Single-show tickets are $6, available only on the day of show. Ticket packages ranging from six films ($33) to all-access ($130) are available at the box office.

Most films will be screened twice during the festival. The final weekend's schedule will be printed Nov. 7 in Weekend. Here's a thumbnail sketch of this week's Cine-World offerings, divided into their festival categories:


Beyond the Clouds _ Venerable director Michelangelo Antonioni attracted Marcello Mastroianni, John Malkovich, Jeanne Moreau and Sophie Marceau to this romantic puzzle. Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; Thursday at 2 p.m.

Blow Up _ Antonioni's most acclaimed film is this 1966 mystery about a photographer (David Hemmings) who may have filmed a murder in mod London. Saturday at 2:15 p.m.; Monday at 5:15 p.m.

The Emperor's Shadow _ Zhou Xiaowen directed this account of China's first emperor, his daughter and a conniving court musician. Winner of the critics prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Monday at 7:40 p.m.; Tuesday at 2:15 p.m.

Four Days in September _ Alan Arkin plays a U.S. ambassador who is kidnapped in Brazil. Based on a true incident in 1969. Saturday at 2:45 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m.

Gentle Into the Night _ An eccentric senior on holiday (Julie Harris) makes an unlikely bond with a rough detective. Today at 7:15 p.m.; Monday at 3:15 p.m.

Just a Girl _ The memoirs of a Danish journalist inspired this tale of a young woman rebelling against the rich father who would prefer having a son. Sunday at 7:40 p.m.; Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

The Kingdom II _ Lars von Triers (Breaking the Waves) fashioned a sequel to his surreal medical ghost story that runs nearly five hours. For that reason, it will be shown in two parts at Cine-World. Part one: Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.; Part two: Thursday at 4:45 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 4:50 p.m.

Kiss or Kill _ Australia's answer to Bonnie and Clyde may not be responsible for the body count they've been credited with in a sexy mystery from director Bill Bennett. Monday at 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Love and Death on Long Island _ John Hurt and Jason Priestley clash in a drama of obsession and class envy. Thursday at 7:45 p.m.; Nov. 7 at 2:15 p.m.

Marian _ Gypsy youth seeks love and understanding. Wednesday at 4 p.m.; Thursday at 2:15 p.m.

Mother and Son _ Avant-garde director Alexander Sokurov creates a leisurely portrait of motherly love. Wednesday at 2:15 p.m.; Nov. 9 at 12:15 p.m.

Trojan Eddie _ Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) plays a bumbling petty thief who gets into a deal that could use up whatever luck he has left. Today at 2:15 p.m.; Thursday at 5 p.m.

The Wings of the Dove _ Helena Bonham Carter and Linus Roache conspire to separate a dying woman (Alison Elliott, The Spitfire Grill) from her fortune. Saturday at 7:15 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Dancehall Queen _ Reggae rhythms and a Cinderella plot made this a record-breaker at Jamaican box offices. Today at 10:15 p.m.; Saturday at 9:50 p.m.

Frozen _ An anonymous director _ "Wu Ming" in the credits means "no name" _ tells the story of a performance artist who endangers himself to protest government policy. Monday at 2:15 p.m.; Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

SICK: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist _ The subject is a man who battled the pain of cystic fibrosis with body piercings and self-mutilation, with the help of his lover. Today at 9:45 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 p.m.


Afterglow _ Nick Nolte and Julie Christie portray a married couple looking for more excitement with younger lovers. Directed by Alan Rudolph (Choose Me, The Moderns). Today at 7:45 p.m.; Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

Telling Lies in America _ Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct, Showgirls) plays it straight and serious in a semiautobiographical tale of a Hungarian immigrant (Brad Renfro, The Client) enthralled by American rock 'n' roll and a cocky DJ (Kevin Bacon). Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 4:15 p.m.


A Self-Made Hero _ A man convinces his neighbors that he is a World War II hero in Jacques Audiard's parable about the French resistance. Wednesday at 2 p.m.; Thursday at 8 p.m.

La Sentinelle _ A medical student encounters a strange man who presents him with a shrunken head. Monday at 1:45 p.m.; Tuesday at 5 p.m.

A Summer's Tale _ Director Eric Rohmer creates another chapter of his Tales of the Four Seasons film cycle, dealing with young love and lust in a seaside town. Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.; Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m.


Autumn Sun _ Middle-age Clara has lied to everyone about her new boyfriend. When her parents want to meet the suitor, she must find a stand-in through personal ads. Saturday at 4:45 p.m.; Nov. 8 at 7:15 p.m.

Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health _ An accident-prone romance shows how much love hurts. This screwball comedy is the third film by director Gomez Periera to be shown at Cine-World. Tuesday at 8:15 p.m.; Wednesday at 8:20 p.m.

Melodrama _ Esperanza believes she has only a short time to live, due to a hospital error. She decides her last days should be spent pregnant in a comedy set in Havana. Today at 9:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3:15 p.m.

Midaq Alley _ Three somber affairs of the heart based on the writings of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, set in Mexico City. Today at 2 p.m.; Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Oedipus Mayor _ The classic tragedy by Sophocles is reworked into a Colombian political drama, directed by Jorge Ali Triana. Saturday at 5:15 p.m.; Sunday at 12:15 p.m.

The Salt in the Wound _ Two actors on the backwater theater circuit in Argentina have all sorts of bad luck, starting with car failure in a suspicious town. Saturday at 3:10 p.m.; Sunday at noon.

Yellow Flowers in the Window _ Those are the gifts left by a hired hand for the daughter of a wealthy rancher and his objecting wife. Today at 5 p.m.; Saturday at 12:10 p.m.