You have to be 18 or older to see YOU KILLED ME FIRST, which, according to the KW Institute of Contemporary Art, is the first exhibition on the Cinema of Transgression. There'll be a talk with Nick Zedd on Tuesday evening, followed by another with Richard Kern on Wednesday. The exhibition's opened this weekend and will be on view through April 9.
Also in Berlin, and starting tomorrow, the Arsenal will be screening a selection of titles from the Forum program at this year's just-wrapped Berlinale. Eleven films over eleven evenings, beginning with the three films by Yuzo Kawashima, The Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (1957), Suzaki Paradise: Red Light (1956) and Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (1954), and ending with the two restorations of films by Shirley Clarke, Ornette: Made in America (1984) and The Connection (1961).
Next week, the Arsenal wraps its series of films by Ulrike Ottinger by screening her Berlin Trilogy from February 26 through 29.
In other news. Back in January, when the Voice laid off J Hoberman, many were predicting that he'd land on his feet, and sure enough, he's been named chief film critic of Blouin ARTINFO. We should start seeing his weekly film reviews and features some time this week, reports Jeff Sneider for Variety.
"Amy Taubin is joining the New York Film Festival's Selection Committee," reports indieWIRE. "She replaces critic Dennis Lim, who concluded his three-year term. This year will mark the festival's 50th anniversary, which will run September 28 to October 14, as well as the last year under Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Peña, who has announced that he will step down after the 2012 edition."
The latest addition to the Art Theatre Guild Pamphlet Project at Nihon Cine Art is #112, on Akio Jissoji's Life of a Court Lady (1974).
DVDs. Frank Tashlin's Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) and The Geisha Boy (1958) and John Rich's Boeing Boeing (1965), all starring Jerry Lewis, "have just been released by Olive Films in excellent Blu-ray editions (standard DVDs are also available) that do justice to the bold, deeply saturated colors of the original productions, a reminder of how color was still considered a nonnaturalistic element in the 1950s, the use of which required a very careful coordination of lighting and set design." Dave Kehr in the New York Times. Sean Axmaker has more at Parallax View, where he also reviews Hen's Tooth's releases of two films from independent producer Edward Small, The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939).
"Lionel Rogosin's 1956 film On the Bowery is a time capsule in at least two senses," writes Dennis Lim in the Los Angeles Times, "a portrait of a hand-to-mouth existence of a once-notorious New York City thoroughfare, as well as a glimpse into a largely forgotten byway of American documentary film." More from Michael Wilson in the NYT. Milestone Films is releasing On the Bowery in two-disc standard DVD and Blu-ray editions.
"The concept is pure Hollywood fantasy, and yet the experience of watching Warrior is more akin to that of a low-budget indie family drama crossed with a particularly intense foreign horror film," writes Eric Freeman at the Classical. Gavin O'Connor's film came out from Lionsgate in December.
In the works. "Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills," reports indieWIRE's Peter Knegt. "The film has yet to set a premiere date, but it seems quite likely to make the Cannes lineup — where [Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)] won the Palme d'Or."
"Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso in Carlos Saura's upcoming 33 dias (33 Days), about the painter's emotional turmoil as he worked on [his] masterpiece Guernica," reports Emiliano De Pablos for Variety.
Awards. Nathaniel Rogers has the winners of this weekend's round, starting with the American Cinema Editors, moving on to the USC Scripters and the NAACP Image Awards. The LAT's Susan King adds the winners of the Cinema Audio Society Awards.