QFT Screening Room: February 2012

Watch trailers of this month's stand out screenings and book your tickets

The February programme at Queen's Film Theatre features everything from Shakespearean adaptations – Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus – to short films, movie quizzes and comedy evenings. Here are three feature screenings and other cinematic events to look out for.

For anyone who is a fan of the art of animation there is an unmissable treat in store. The British Animation Awards 2012 Public Choice allows you the chance to see the cream of new British animation and to vote for your favourite. The winners will be presented with their awards at a gala ceremony in London in March.

With a huge range of styles and subjects presented in three consecutive programmes this is a great opportunity to see the talent of tomorrow today, and Northern Ireland's own Helen Dallat is nominated for short animation Bare (see image below). British Animation Awards 2012 Public Choice is at QFT on Sunday, February 5.

Bare

The latest film from Roman Polanski, Carnage is a pitch black comedy of manners with a first class pedigree and a stellar cast. When their young sons are involved in a fight, two couples agree to meet and talk about what happened. Initially civilized, their encounter becomes increasingly vicious (and hilarious).

Based on Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play God of Carnage, Polanksi’s adaptation pits Christophe Waltz and Kate Winslet’s uptown New York power couple against middle-class bohemians Jodie Foster and John C Reilly in a bitingly satirical take on bourgeois parenthood. Carnage shows at the QFT from Friday, February 3. Watch the trailer below.

Man of the moment Michael Fassbender stars alongside Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightly in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, an exploration of the relationship between the founders of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.

Switzerland in the early 1900s and Carl Jung, an up-and-coming doctor at a private clinic, decides to experiment on a young Russian patient, Sabina Spielrein, using Sigmund Freud's controversial new method, the ‘talking cure’.

Sexy and cerebral, A Dangerous Method is an absorbing drama, and draws its three protagonists as complex, intriguing characters. With masterful performances from all its leads, this is grown up drama at its best. A Dangerous Method shows at QFT from Friday, February 10. Watch the trailer below.

Despite enjoying a film career that encompasses genres from comedy to action to horror – and having worked with acclaimed directors including the Coen brothers and Robert Altman – to many people, Woody Harrelson will forever be Woody from American sitcom Cheers.

His appearance in Rampart should, however, lay the ghost of Woody to rest once and for all. In a blistering performance, Harrelson portrays unrepentant dirty cop Dave Brown, in late 1990s LA. Caught on camera administering his own rough justice, Brown must face the consequences.

With a screenplay by visceral LA noir author James Ellroy (LA Confidential, The Black Dahlia), Rampart is tough, gritty and a must see for all crime fans. Rampart shows at the QFT from Friday, February 24. Watch the trailer below.

Visit the Queen's Film Theatre website for information on all screenings and events during February.

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