Stars out this spring on silver screen

Roman Polanski directs Carnage, which launches the comox Valley Art Gallery's Spring Film Series on April 1.

The stars will be out this spring.

David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, Lynne Ramsay, Michael Fassbender, Jodie Foster, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet will all be part of the Spring Film Series presented by the Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit.

Films for the Spring Film Series are:

• Carnage: April 1. Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz. Year: 2011. Run Time: 80 mins. Country: USA. Language: English. Rated: R. Genre: Drama, Comedy.

Adapted from Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony-winning play God of Carnage, and featuring a top-notch cast of Jodie Foster (The Beaver, The Brave One), Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road, The Reader), John C. Reilly (Cyrus, and the upcoming We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Christoph Waltz (Water for Elephants, Inglourious Basterds,), Carnage is a captivating and explosively comic study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct.

• A Dangerous Method: April 15. Director: David Cronenberg. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley. Year: 2011. Runtime: 93 mins. Country: Germany/Canada. Language: English. Rated: R. Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama.

Sharp-witted dialogue and a pristine setting add a refined tone to a film that explores the anything but civilized depths of human desire. Set in Vienna on the eve of the First World War, the film explores the complex relationship between novice psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre, Inglourious Basterds) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen, The Road, Eastern Promises).

• We Need To Talk About Kevin: April 29. Director: Lynne Ramsay. Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller. Year: 2011. Runtime: 112 mins. Country: U.K., USA. Language: English. Rated: R. Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama.

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature v.s. nurture on a whole new level as Eva’s own culpability is measured against Kevin’s innate evilness.

Film tickets are $11 each, available at The CVAG Gift Shop, 580 Duncan Ave. in downtown Courtenay and Videos N More, 264 Anderton Road in Comox. If the films do not sell out, tickets will also be available in the Rialto Theatre lobby before the film — cash only, exact change appreciated.

All films are at the Rialto Theatre on Sundays at 5 p.m. and are fundraisers for the Comox Valley Art Gallery. For updates and more information on the films, visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com or call 250-338-6211.

— Comox Valley Art Gallery