Wow, already 17 years has passed since I edited my first trailer for ZERO KILLED. In 1996 the project was called FORTYNINE which actually was released as a video-installation under this name in 2007 and finally was concluded as my first documentary feature film in 2011. Funny that back then I thought the film was going to be released in 1997 as revealed in the credits by the end: “COMING IN OCTOBER ’97″.
‘Zero Killed’ has been selected as on of 18 finalists that will compete for a prize of $5000 USD. We are in competition because it won Best Documentary Award at the South Texas Underground Film Festival. Each year the festival sends it’s Best Feature, Best Short and Best Doc to compete in Austin, TX at the RxSM Film Expo from March 8-14, 2013. Three finalists will be selected to travel on to The Victoria Independent Film Festival, April 4-7, 2013, and split a prize of $5000. The winner of the Crossroads Award will win $2500, 1st runner up will recieve $1500 and 2nd runner up gets $1000.
The screening is scheduled for
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 10pm @ Emo’s East Plaza, 2015 E Riverside Drive
‘Zero Killed’ can be still seen at the 14th Videonale at Kunstmusem Bonn, Germany. The exhibtion runs until April 7, 2013. Don’t miss it!
“Zero Killed” is a documentary which examines murder fantasies. From 1996 on, Kosakowski produced films in which he asked people of different backgrounds about their thoughts of killing someone and then let them carry these out. These staged murders are the basis of “Zero Killed” and are acted out by the very people who had these fantasies. Ten years after the project ended Kosakowski set off again and interviewed the former protagonists about their intentions, experiences and the effect which “carrying out” their murder gave them. The insights which he gained varied greatly, but they all have one thing in common; everyone enjoyed the murder which they had originally just thought about. In “Zero Killed” film excerpts and interviews follow one another. The rapid switches between staged murder and recorded interviews lead the observer to alternate between different judgements of the same event. The protagonists enjoy talking about this forbidden theme, frequently with so much objectivity that it is difficult to believe these crimes did not take place. Kosakowski hints at an imagination which – if his interview partners are to be believed – is inherent in every one of us and which, despite all brutality, can also be felt as a liberation.
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by Hal C F Astell | Apocalypse Later, Feb 11, 2013
This film was an official selection at Phoenix FearCon V in Scottsdale in 2012. It’s not your usual horror movie that evolves out of an art installation, but Zero Killed began life in 2007 at the Lothringer13 gallery in Munich and, sure enough, it’s something rather different. It’s a cross between documentary and fake snuff film, but with an opposing emphasis to movies such as Man Bites Dog or Long Pigs. For a decade, beginning in 1996, filmmaker Michał Kosakowski asked a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds about their murder fantasies, then provided the gruesome means by which they could act them out in front of the camera. Kosakowski delivered everything needed to turn their fantasies into reality, if only in a fictional way, except one thing: he set the condition that they had to act in their little pictures themselves. Then, a decade on, he returned to his subjects, spread across five central European countries, to interview them about their experiences and how they might have been changed by them. Read the rest of this page »
We are honoured to be published in the Austrian Cult Magazine Rokko’s Adventures, No.12. Director Michal Kosakowski talks with Daniel Krcal on his film “Zero Killed”.
The catalog for the exhibition ‘Kill’ in the Erlanger Kunstpalais was created in collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and treats interdisciplinary positions on killing. Michal Kosakowski’s video-installation “Do You Have Murder Fantasies?” was part of the exhibition amongst other international acclaimed artists.
Killer games, shooting sprees, honour killings, infanticides, lust murders, political murders, suicides, genocides, suicide bombers, terror attacks, wars and civil wars, the killing of civilians and killed soldiers: killing seems to have become omnipresent in our media-dominated world. But then why is this development hardly reflected in contemporary consciousness?
The aim of the exhibition is to examine this contradiction between awareness and reality. It analyses current expressions of killing in contemporary art and the way in which the unspeakable, unimaginable and unaccept able is perceived in this context. Twelve internationally renowned artists portray both the perpetrators’ and the victims’ perspective and examine killing both as a physical act and as a psychological fantasy. They create imminent pictures of killing and also develop abstract analyses of crimes. They explore social structures and individual depths, reflecting their presence in the media. Read the rest of this page »
‘Zero Killed’ has been selected to be presented at the 14th Videonale from February 15 to April 7, 2013 at Kunstmuseum Bonn. The opening reception for VIDEONALE.14 will take place on
Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 8 pm @ Kunstmuseum Bonn
and will be followed by three extensive festival days (Fri, Feb 15 through Sun, Feb 17, 2013) with lectures, (artist) talks, performances and the Videonale party.
NEWS! ‘Zero Killed’ has been officially selected for the 1st Bloody Hero International Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. The festival runs from February 8-10, 2013. There are 2 screenings on
Friday, February 8, 2013, 5 pm @ Phoenix Center for the Arts
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 6 pm @ Phoenix Center for the Arts
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 was the rescheduled Flaherty NYC screening of Zero Killed, by Polish-born, Berlin-based artist Michal Kosakowski. The director and two of the film’s subjects, Sergio Figueroa and Dorit Oitzinger, were in attendance for a post-screening discussion with moderator Andy P. Smith. Zero Killed weaves staged murder fantasies together with interviews with those who thought them up. The film is based on a video installation comprised of 49 shorts in which subjects enact their own violent scenarios. For Kosakowski, constructing a film from the installation offered a way to transport the idea to a medium more accessible to a larger audience. Read the rest of this page »
by Elias Savada | Film Threat, Jan 29, 2013
Lord knows why I’ve been sitting on the DVD that German director Michael Kosakowski handed me at the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival last October. It played at AFI’s Silver Spring (Maryland) theater at the midnight show on October 12th (I was too tired to stay awake that night), and has had numerous screenings since (including it’s NYC Halloween premiere postponed courtesy of Hurricane Sandy). Earlier this week Cult Epics, a Los Angeles company owned by Nico B., acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights, and a theatrical release here will be in April, followed by a DVD release on June 18th.
Anyway, the film handles the director’s penchant, since 1996, of “asking people with different backgrounds about their murder fantasies.” Hmmm, seems interesting/controversial in light of the recent uproar about gun control in the U.S.A. Kosakowski not only inquired about these reveries, but offered them a chance to stage them as films. Weird? Yup. Oh, he had one condition. They had to act in the films themselves…. Read the rest of this page »
We are very proud to announce that CULT EPICS has aquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights of our film ZERO KILLED!. Owned by Nico B., the director of the experimental films ‘Pig’ & ’1334′, CULT EPICS has released controversial movies such as ‘Cannibal Holocaust’, ‘Driller Killer’, ‘Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer’, ‘La Bete’ and ‘In a Glass Cage’.
‘Zero Killed’ will be released theatrically in April 2013. The first Single-DVD release will follow on June 18th, 2013. We will post more information about releases soon! Stay tuned…
Due to Hurricane Sandy we had to reschedule the NYC Premiere of Michal Kosakowski’s Zero Killed to
Wed, Jan 23, 2013, 7.30 pm @ 92YTribeca Screening Room
Filmmaker Michal Kosakowski will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with author Andy P. Smith and film participants Sergio Figueroa, Vitus Wieser and Dorit Oitzinger.
Flaherty NYC is proud to host the New York City premiere of Zero Killed, the debut feature of Polish-born, Berlin-based artist Michal Kosakowski, which has steadily garnered acclaim across a number of international festival appearances. Since 1996 Kosakowski has interviewed dozens of common citizens from a broad swath of national and occupational backgrounds about their murder fantasies. He then offers them a chance to stage them as short films with the stipulation they appear as the perpetrators or victims. For Zero Killed, Kosakowski has revisited his interviewees, many over a decade after the fact, to discuss their emotional reactions to the experiments while further soliciting personal opinions about topics including war, torture, revenge, the death penalty and suicide. The interviews and staged films have been assembled into a running dialog about violence at base, personal and societal levels. The result is a streaming commentary that’s sometimes wryly amusing, often disturbing, and always provocative-a richly textured dissection of media and society that begs for the conversation to spill off screen.
Hi Folks! Happy New Year to all of you! This is our first screening of ‘Zero Killed’ in 2013! The inaugural Horror-on-Sea Film Festival will be held from January 18-20, 2013 in Southend-on-Sea, United Kindgom. Our film will be screened on
Friday, January 18th, 2013, 3pm @ Park Inn Palace Hotel
Chopping spree – ‘Tis the season for ghouls and gore at Another Hole in the Head film fest
by Cheryl Eddy | San Francisco Bay Guardian, Nov. 27, 2012
Closing night looks to be a decidedly less festive affair, with Austrian director Michal Kosakowski’s unsettling Zero Killed — a feature film spun from his video installation and short film project, Fortynine. From 1996 to 2006, Kosakowski interviewed people about their murder fantasies, then used the tales (suicide bombings, school shootings, dog attacks, dinner-party poisonings, stabbings, shoving people into traffic or letting them slip off cliffs, etc.) as short-film inspiration, starring the storyteller as either perpetrator or victim.
A haunting musical score ups the creep factor, as Kosakowski tracks down each participant (many, but not all, are actors by trade) to interview them about their specific fantasies and other troubling topics, like revenge, torture, and “What is evil?” Zero Killed is a uniquely disturbing mix of fiction and documentary, cutting between horrific, blood-soaked vignettes and clinical talking-head interviews — often featuring the same subject.
Read the review on sfbg.com
IndieFest’s Another Hole in the Head Sets the Table for Its 9th Gory Season
by Jackson Scarlett | 7x7SF, Nov. 29, 2012
The macabre closing night film of this year’s HoleHead is, by technical description, a documentary–and not of the Tobe Hooper variety either. Pairing staged footage of homicidal fantasies told to him by interviewees (on the condition that they act in them as either as the murderer or victim) with years-later decompressions on subjects like torture, the military, and media dominance, German director Michal Kosakowski’s film plays out like a grim riff on Michael Apted’s Up series. Ranging from absurd bloodbaths to chilling snuff films, the most effective vignettes play out in stark counterpoint to the interviews, adding a heightened meaning to the necessarily political talk on display.
Read the review on 7×7.com
Nothing too violent for Hole in the Head fest
by Hugh Hart | San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 2, 2012
Another Hole in the Head Film Festival screens loads of murder and mutilation, but audiences tend to be a jovial bunch, according to founder George Kaskanlian Jr. “It’s kind of like … a reunion every year,” he says. “A lot of people know each other and feel comfortable screaming, saying stupid stuff and having a good time.” This year’s edition, continuing through next Sunday at the Roxie, includes “G-String Horror” (Wednesday), shot by Charles Webb at the old Sid Grauman movie palace in San Francisco. The festival also presented “The Killing Games,” rejected by the Edmonton International Film Festival for being too graphic. Does Kaskanlian draw the line at extreme screen violence? “There is no line,” he says. “People know what they’re getting when they come to the festival. If a movie is too gory, we’ll make it a late-night screening.”
Closing-night film “Zero Killed” pushes that envelope. “People get interviewed about their murder fantasies and then they re-enact them,” Kaskanlian says. “When I was watching it for the first time … I got pretty weirded out because I thought it was real. ‘Zero Killed’ was pretty crazy. I thought, ‘I’ve got to put this in the festival.’ “
Read the review on sfgate.com
We are happy to announce a special X-MAS screening of ‘Zero Killed’ at the Minema Movie Theatre in Milano, Italy.
December 18, 2012, 9pm
by Peter Wong | Beyond Chron, Nov 29, 2012
Michal Kosakowski’s festival closer “Zero Killed” rightfully disturbs those with pat answers to the mass shootings reported on America’s nightly news.
Since 1996, Kosakowski has filmed enactments of people’s murder fantasies. The director’s only caveat is that the fantasist performs onscreen as either a killer or a victim. These homicide enactments utilize everything from poisoning to mass school shootings. Excerpts from these short films get paired with semi-classical music and present day interviews with the film participants regarding the intersection between killing another human being and society.
True to the title of Kosakowski’s film, nobody actually dies in these staged enactments. Yet the blood sprays and brutal shootings depicted in these murder fantasies will raise doubts in viewers’ minds.
Are these homicide fantasists a danger to society? If one were to judge by these fantasists’ onscreen interviews, none of their faces display mental illness or sociopathic calculation. Yet does the power to imagine considering using a victim’s nose for stew meat makes that speculating person a potential killer? Or does the experience of facing the darker parts of their nature make these murder fantasists emotionally stronger than advocates of behavioral suppression? Read the rest of this page »
We are very very proud to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ won the Best Feature Award at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego!
“The best feature award goes to Michal Kosakowski’s darkly introspective documentary Zero Killed. One judge praised its originality in blending candid discussion interspersed with short films. It was also praised for it’s bravery in looking at darkness head on without being sensationalistic about it. It was also noted that the short films in the documentary, many of them made by non-filmmakers, were extremely real and effective. This was probably due to their unique level of sincerity. Congratulations to Michal Kosakowski on winning the trophy for this 16-year project!”
‘Zero Killed’ has won the Best Editing Feature Film Award at the Killer Film Fest in Somerville, Massachusetts!
by Slippery Lyzard | Cape Town, South Africa, Nov, 2012
Now this is filmmaking, even if it’s seems a tad amateur, it’s still brilliant. The concept, not the freshest since the fall of the western world but nevertheless, definitely plays into the human psyche of wanting to kill someone after they have fucked with you. I couldn’t think of a more original thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon other than finding a victim, torturing the bejesus out of them, and then systematically putting them out of their misery in any way conceivable. This may truly be art…
Quiet on set! Oh hello, I was just about ready to get into my directors chair. Now I know what you are thinking you’re a writer, what’s with all this film making mumbo jumbo? Well I’ll tell you; I was about to start production on a little script I wrote entitled “Death to all Lyzards”. You like? I thought you would. It’s a straight to the point feature with a plot so brilliant it will have you chewing your fingers right down to the bone. Want to hear it? Well it begins on a fine day quite like today and ends up with me the Lyzard King brutally murdering all Lyzard impersonators in the most creative way possible. You’re thinking it’s ok maybe a little cheesy but hey let me ask you this then; don’t you ever have any murder fantasies? Read the rest of this page »
Once again we are proud to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ has been nominated for the SILBERNE HAND Award – Best Mutilation Scene at the Fright Nights Horror Film Festival in Vienna, Austria (Nov 17-24). Oh yeah! The Festival-Jury has chosen the scene with Max Boehme and Dorothée Berghaus – the so-called “Parkettboden-Mord” (“Parquet Floor Murder”) where Max uses his axe…
You can see the movie on these following days:
Monday, Nov. 19th, 2012, 4.45pm @ Hollywood Megaplex Gasometer
Friday, Nov. 23rd, 2012, 3pm @ Hollywood Megaplex Gasometer
Trash City, October, 2012
For the past 15 years, the director has been asking people about their murder fantasies, and giving them the chance to act them out in staged scenarios – with the sole stipulation that they, themeselves, must take part, either as victims or killers. These films are mixed here in to interviews with the participants, who provide their personal perspectives on their fantasies, and also express opinions on other death-related topics, such as capital punishment, and whether they’d be able to take revenge on the perpetrator if someone dear to them was killed. The results are chilling, not least because of the absolute normality of the participants: no criminal records, and the final sequence shows their professions, ranging from farmer to English teacher, and none of them would exactly be the kind you would expect to have such morbid thoughts. Mind you, perhaps I am surprised by them, because I have genuinely never harboured such fantasies myself. Is that because I have seen so many murder-death-kills on the screen over the last two decades or more? Read the rest of this page »
by Celeste Ramos | Projection, Oct 29, 2012
0K: Zero Killed and an interview with director Michal Kosakowski
Don’t worry. No one dies in this article.
Sixteen years in the making, Zero Killed looks at the dark side in all of us — the fascination with killing and death that, more than anything, points to the issues in our waking lives. Director Michal Kosakowski’s work has long revolved around violence and the motivating issues beneath it. “Fortynine”, the video art installation displayed in a mirrored room, was the precursor to the Zero Killed film that exposed people to 49 looping films showing very real-looking murders. From tortures to suicides, psychopathic one-on-one’s to quick-and-clean poisonings. Shootings, “accidents,” war crimes. As much as it sounds like TV news, these are the real fantasies of the main victim or perpetrator in each film, a living dark fantasy now made immortal thanks to the medium of film.
Michal Kosakowski is the prolific director of more than 70 films, a mix of shorts, documentaries, and original fiction. Often critiquing and interpreting the effects of media on the perception of human interactions and violence, his style is intelligent and disturbing. From a chalk outline exhibit to a collection of Hollywood film clips depicting the Twin Towers that “helped” in the public absorption of 9/11, Michal has long kept a close eye on how and why human beings act the way they do in the arena of violence.
Upon watching Zero Killed, I couldn’t help but imagine whether the whole process was traumatic or cathartic, or some shadow in between for them. What does it mean to be murdered, or murder someone else on screen for any and all to see? And what does it mean that people will pay money to see such things? Read the rest of this page »
‘Zero Killed’ has been officially selected for the inaugural Horror-on-Sea Film Festival in Southend-On-Sea, United Kingdom. The festival runs from January 18-20, 2013. As soon as the screening schedule is available, we will share it with you! Stay tuned! This festival is our 33rd participation at a film festival worldwide!
About the Horror-On-Sea Film Festival by Paul Cotgrove, Festival Director
“A very warm welcome to the emerging website for the inaugural Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, which is set to shock, amaze and astound the good folks of south east Essex (and beyond!) in January!
I will be your host. I’m also Festival Director for the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, which celebrated its fourth outing back in May. Now firmly established as Essex’s number one film festival, it’s going from strength to strength, providing a huge variety of film entertainment to an equally wide variety of filmgoers.
Naturally, Horror-on-Sea is much more focussed, although we hope to cover a wide spectrum within the ‘fantastique’ genre.”
The closing night film at ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD #9 is a 2012 German documentary on death and fantasy called ZERO KILLED. Have you ever thought what it would be like to murder someone? In ZERO KILLED you’ll watch ordinary people’s twisted fantasies come to life on the big screen! This will be one of the most intense and anxiety-inducing films you will ever see. “ZERO KILLED” will screen at the
December 9th, 2012, 7pm @ Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison, San Francisco
“… And at the end our 2012 European tour we stopped in Germany, and stumbled on a film that had Closing Night written all over it: “ZERO KILLED” a documentary about murder fantasies, is so out there and over the top that your anxiety level will shoot from Zero to 100 in no time…”