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‘ZERO KILLED’ @ KOMMKINO IN NUREMBERG

Come and See: ‘Zero Killed’ in Nuremberg, Germany. The screening dates are

Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 9.15pm @ KommKino
Friday, March 7th, 2014, 9.15pm @ KommKino
Sunday, March 9th, 2014, 9.15pm @ KommKino
Monday, March 10th, 2014, 9.15pm @ KommKino

KommKino im Filmhaus im KuKuQ
Königstrasse 93
90402 Nürnberg – Germany

‘ZERO KILLED’ @ WELTECHO IN CHEMNITZ

‘Zero Killed’ goes Chemnitz! Our movie will be screened on

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, 8pm @ Weltecho Cinema Chemnitz
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, 8pm @ Weltecho Cinema Chemnitz

Weltecho im Haus “Kammer der Technik”
Annaberger Straße 24
09111 Chemnitz – Germany

REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ FILMDIENST

by Ulrich Kriest | Filmdienst 5/2014

Seit 1996 hat der Filmemacher Michal Kosakowski unterschiedlichen Menschen Gelegenheit gegeben, ihre Mordfantasien als Kurzfilm in Szene zu setzen. Einzige Bedingung: Sie mussten in diesen Filmen selbst mitwirken, ob als Täter (in der Regel) oder auch als Opfer (eher die Ausnahme).

Einzige Bedingung: Sie mussten in diesen Filmen selbst mitwirken, ob als Täter (in der Regel) oder auch als Opfer (eher die Ausnahme). Die durchaus aufwändig und künstlerisch ambitioniert inszenierten und mitunter durch ihre Drastik schockierenden Filme mit ihren Dokumentar- und Genrefilm-Referenzen wurden dann als Installationen im Rahmen von Kunstausstellungen präsentiert.

In den Jahren 2008 bis 2010 befragte Kosakowski die Mitwirkenden rückblickend zu den Fantasien, die den Filmen zugrunde lagen, zu ihren Selbsteinschätzungen und auch zu weiteren Themen wie dem Wesen des Menschen, zu Folter, Todesstrafe, Krieg oder Religion und montiert aus diesen Quellen eine Mischung aus Filmfragmenten und Interviews, unterlegt mit einschlägiger, mal ironischer, mal reißerischer Musik.

Schon die Ausgangsthese von „Zero Killed“, der auf die Video-Kunst-Installation „Fortynine“ zurückgeht, ist diskussionswürdig. Es geht nicht um Aggression, sondern vielmehr um Mordfantasien, also um zugespitzte Aggressionen, stets gepaart mit einem Moment des Inszenatorischen. „Nur sinnlos zu morden, das schien mir zu fade. Ich brauchte eine Motivation oder einen Rahmen“, erklärt ein Mann in die Kamera, bevor seine Fantasie (blutig) in Szene gesetzt wird: ein älterer Mann wird vor einen heranbrausenden LKW gestoßen. Es geht also nicht nur darum, einen „einfach so“ loszuwerden, den man nicht mag, sondern stets auch um das jeweilige „wie“. Read the rest of this page »

REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ KRITIKEN.DE

Kritiken.de, Feb 6, 2014

Zero Killed
Regisseur: Michal Kosakowski. Drehbuch: Michal Kosakowski

Was hält uns davon ab die unfreundliche Verkäuferin, nervende Bekannte oder sogar den Partner, mit dem man sich ständig streitet, einfach umzubringen? Angst vor der Strafe, den Konsequenzen? Oder sogar Moral? Michal Kosakowski bot Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Ländern und ökonomischen Schichten an, ihre Mordgedanken nachzustellen – jedoch unter einer Bedingung: Sie selbst müssen als Täter oder Opfer in ihrem Kurzfilm der mordlustigen Fantasie mitwirken.



Im Jahr 1996 befragte Kosakowski diese Menschen erstmals und drehte mit ihnen ihre Mordgedanken nach. Nun geben sie Interviews über ihre Gedanken und hinterfragen ihre dunklen Fantasien. Der Filmemacher erschafft eine Mischung aus Kurzfilm und Dokumentation und stellt nicht zu unrecht die Frage, nach welchen Kriterien der Mensch handelt? Welche Tabus hat er? Welche Moralvorstellungen?

Read the review on Kritiken.de

REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ ZITTY BERLIN

by Nick Schimpel | Zitty Berlin, Feb 6, 2014

‘ZERO KILLED’ @ CINEMAS IN MUNICH (WERKSTATTKINO) & BERLIN (BROTFABRIK)

Here are the next screening dates for ‘Zero Killed’:

MUNICH, GERMANY – Werkstattkino, Frauenhoferstr. 9, 80469 Munich

Monday, February 24th, 2014, 10.30pm
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 10.30pm
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, 10.30pm

BERLIN, GERMANY – Brotfabrik Berlin, Caligariplatz 1, 13086 Berlin

Monday, February 24th, 2014, 10.00pm
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 10.00pm
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, 10.00pm

Drop-Out Cinema Distribution

REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ FILMGAZETTE

by Ulrich Kriest | Filmgazette, Feb 6, 2014

“Are you talking to me?”

“Das Grauen. Das Grauen.” Wir erinnern uns, oder? “Apocalypse Now!” Colonel Kurtz. Oder vielleicht doch lieber Georg Büchner? “Was ist das, was in uns lügt, mordet, stiehlt?” Schlummert da was in uns? Ein Abgrund gar? Fragen sie dazu doch Michal Kosakowski! Der hat solche Fragen gleich weitergereicht an ein paar Handvoll Leute, die nicht nur Tötungsphantasien haben und einmal offen drüber reden wollen, sondern diese vielleicht auch sehen wollen. Sagen sie jedenfalls. Deshalb das Angebot und die Bedingung Kosakowskis: wir setzen deine Phantasie in Szene, aber nur, wenn du mitspielst. Als Täter oder als Opfer.

Die gedrehten Kurzfilme wurden als Videoinstallation erstmals 2007 in München der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht. In den folgenden Jahren holte der Filmemacher seine »Mittäter« erneut für Interviews vor die Kamera, wo sie nun nicht nur über die Filme und die ihnen zugrundeliegenden Phantasien Rede und Antwort standen, sondern sich auch zu abstrakteren Fragen zu Gewalt, Folter, Rache, Todesstrafe, Krieg, Religion oder dem Wesen des Menschen äußerten.

Der Film “Zero Killed” ist nun eine Montage aus beiden Werkgruppen, unterlegt mal mit ironischer, dann wieder reißerischer Musik. Es ist eine verstörende Montage. Zunächst, weil Kosakowski ganz selbstverständlich davon auszugehen scheint, dass sein Sample von Gesprächspartnern irgendwie repräsentativ ist. So sehen wir uns Menschen – Frauen wie Männern – gegenüber, die mal verschwörerisch, mal lächelnd, mal lässig, mal angestrengt, mal selbstgefällig vor laufender Kamera ihre Tötungsphantasien ausbreiten oder über die angesprochenen Themen räsonieren. Read the rest of this page »

‘ZERO KILLED’ @ Z-BAR BERLIN

If you haven’t seen ‘Zero Killed’ yet, here is another chance:

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, 8pm @ Z-Bar, Bergstrasse 2, 10115 Berlin

Director Michal Kosakowski is present!

Z-Bar Berlin

‘ZERO KILLED’ @ BABYLON BERLIN-MITTE

On the occassion of the German cinema release of ‘Zero Killed’, Drop-Out Cinema invites you to join the Berlin Premiere with a Q&A session with director Michal Kosakowski after the screening.

February 7th, 2014, 9.30pm @ Babylon Berlin-Mitte

Drop-Out Cinema
Babylon Berlin-Mitte

REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ KINO-ZEIT.DE

by Joachim Kurz | Kino-Zeit.de, Dec 3, 2013

Der ganz reale Horror

Mordphantasien? Die hat ja wohl (fast) jeder mal. So ganz heimlich und in Gedanken, wenn der liebe Kollege wieder nervt, der/die Partner/Partnerin nörgelt oder sonst etwas schief läuft im Leben. Zum Glück aber kommen die allerwenigsten Menschen auf den Gedanken, diese Wünsche in die Tat umzusetzen. Was aber wäre, wenn sie das könnten? Im geschützten Raum und ohne (reale) Folgen, sondern als Teil einer Inszenierung? Dieser Frage geht der Filmemacher Michal Kosakowski in seiner filmischen Versuchsanordnung Zero Killed nach: Seit 1996 hat er dafür Menschen mit verschiedenen sozialen Hintergründen dazu gebracht, ihre Mordphantasien in Kurzfilmen zu inszenieren. Die einzige Beschränkung, die er ihnen dabei mit auf den Weg gab: Die Befragten mussten selbst als Darsteller in dem Film mitwirken – entweder als Täter oder als Opfer.

Die Filme, die diesem Angebot entsprangen, sind so unterschiedlich geraten wie ihre Urheber es sind – vom Schubsen eines heruntergekommenen Mannes vor einen heranfahrenden LKW bis zum Mord während des Liebesaktes reicht die Vielzahl der fiktiven Tötungen. Und ebenso breit gespannt wie die “Täter” sind auch die Opfer – und dementsprechend die Motive für ihre Delikte: Sie reichen von der klassischen Beziehungstat bis hin zum eher zufälligen Mord an einem vollkommen Unbekannten, sie werden mit Schusswaffen ausgeführt oder mit dem Beil, mit Messern, den bloßen Händen oder exotischeren Instrumenten, manchmal sogar mit den bloßen Händen, dem Fuß oder auf andere Art und Weise. So verschieden die Menschen sind, die hier ihr Innerstes nach außen kehren, so unterschiedlich ihre Opfer sind, so sehr variieren auch die Mordmethoden und mit ihnen die Inszenierungen der Taten. Read the rest of this page »

‘ZERO KILLED’ GERMAN THEATRICAL RELEASE @ DROP-OUT CINEMA – JAN 2014

We are proud to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ will have its German theatrical release starting January 2014 through Drop-Out Cinema! We will keep you updated about the exact screening schedule!

Drop-Out Cinema – Genossenschaftlicher Filmverleih
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‘ZERO KILLED’ NOW AVAILABLE ON VOD @ INDIEMONDO

‘Zero Killed’ is now available on VOD in the Scandinavian territory at INDIEMONDO – Independent films online.
Watch Zero Killed at Indiemondo.com

‘ZERO KILLED’ REVIEW+INTERVIEW @ FANTASTIC MOVIES (IN FRENCH)

by Gaetan Cala | Fantastic Movies, Aug 27, 2013

Critique:

Projet étonnant, déroutant même,… La première conclusion qu’on en tire, c’est que tout un chacun est capable du pire,… Nous vivons dans une société violente, à plusieurs égards, et ce film nous le prouve. Sous forme de documentaire, le film nous plonge dans la violence de tout un chacun. La violence que nous pouvons tous éprouver. Mais si, vous savez,… quand on est à la Poste en train de faire la queue, par exemple. Mais le film ne s’arrête pas là, il aborde d’autres sujets de fond tels que la peine de mort, la torture, la violence faite aux enfants,… D’un sujet qui peut paraître, non pas anodin, mais simple, il y apporte beaucoup de nuances, sans jamais tomber dans les clichés, et ni juger ses intervenants. Le propre d’un documentaire. Michal Kosakowski nous amène là où il voulait nous amener avec beaucoup de pudeur: nous faire réfléchir à la violence au quotidien, celle qui nous entoure, visible, mais également celle qui se cache. Etant fan de documentaire, je ne peux que conseiller de voir celui-ci qui est très bien réalisé, et qui vous permettra d’avoir de longs débats avec vos amis.

Note: 16/20 Read the rest of this page »

ZERO KILLED @ CINESTRANGE FILMFESTIVAL

We are happy to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ will be screened at the 2nd edition of Cinestrange Filmfestival in Dresden. Director Michal Kosakowski will be present for a Q&A session after the screening. Together with director Andreas Marschall (TEARS OF KALI, MASKS) and director Jörg Buttgereit (NEKROMANTIK, SCHRAMM) they will introduce their upcoming movie GERMAN ANGST!

October 6, 2013, 1pm @ Zirkuszelt, An der Augustusbrücke, 01067 Dresden, Germany

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Cinestrange Filmfestival

‘ZERO KILLED’ NETHERLANDS PREMIERE @ BUT B-MOVIE UNDERGROUND & TRASH FILM FESTIVAL

Netherlands Premiere! ZERO KILLED has been selected for the BUT – B-Movie, Underground & Trash Film Festival in Breda, The Netherlands! The screening schedule will be announced soon. Hope to see u there!

BUT B-Movie, Underground & Trash Film Festival

Fans of bizarre, experimental or otherwise distorting movies are served every year at the festival for B-movies, Underground and Trash films (BUTFF). The festival is located in the city center of Breda at the center of fine arts “Nieuwe Veste” (Sint Janstraat 16, Breda). BUTFF screens films which divert radically for the mainstream cinema. Films that surprise you in their style, taste or content

BUTFF is an initiative of Stichting Idee-fixe (aka IDFX). This non-profit foundation aims to get a larger audience for artistic photo’s, video’s, film and modern digital media. Primary target of IDFX is accomplish this by serving as intermediate between public and artists or distributors of these cultural media.

DVD REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ 10,000 BULLETS

by Michael Den Boer | 10Kbullets, Aug 9, 2013

In the mid-1990′s filmmaker Michal Kosakowski sought out individuals for a project that dealt with not only viewpoints on murder, but how would they if given the opportunity go about killing someone. From there he had each participant act out their murder scenario and captured these performances via short films. Flash forward, many years later he would revisit this project by conduct new interviews with those who participated in those aforementioned short films. The participants who are interviewed in Zero Killed make a wide range of nationalities. Thus reinforcing the universality of the subject matter at hand. In between these new interview clips are sections of the short films that serve as the foundation from which this documentary has sprung forth. The comments are brutally honest and the diverse range of opinions on the subject matter give the viewer a lot of food for thought.

When viewed out of context and as standalone moments carnage caught on film. The majority of these short films are truly disturbing. Fortunately since this is first and foremost a documentary. The way  in which information is presented lessen some of the aforementioned shock value. One of this documentaries greatest strengths is that is does not try to steer the viewer in a deliberate direction. It gives both sides of the argument an equal amount of time to state their cases. And lets the viewer decide where to go from there. Ultimately Zero Killed is an exceptional documentary that proves without a shadow of doubt that murder does not discriminate.

The DVD:

Cult Epics presents Zero Killed in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films intended aspect ratio. The transfer does a great job with the source material which varies in degree quality wise. This release comes with one audio mix, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English, German, Polish and Serbian. the audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles. Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and a ‘Making of’ featurette (23 minutes 16 – anamorphic widescreen, in German, Polish, Serbian and English with English subtitles). The featurette is well rounded overview about how the project came about and those involved with this project also discuss their involvement. Overall Zero Killed gets a solid release from Cult Epics.

Read the review on 10kbullets.com

‘ZERO KILLED’ MUNICH PREMIERE @ OPEN-AIR-KINO IM VIEHHOF

We are proud to announce that ZERO KILLED will be shown as a Munich premiere at the Open-Air-Kino im Viehhof. The screening will be on

Mon, Aug 19, 2013, 9pm @ Open-Air-Kino im Viehhof, Munich, Germany

Executive Producer and Co-Editor Claudia Engl will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

Open-Air-Kino im Viehhof München

REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ WICKED CHANNEL

by JamesD | WickedChannel, Aug 4, 2013

How is this for a concept you are given a chance to fulfill a murder fantasy and film it. Well Zero Killed is about some people who were given that chance to re-enact a fantasy of killing someone and then down the road, years later they were asked about the experience, and what their thoughts are about death, murder and all that fun stuff. I have to be honest, there are some people in my life that I regret knowing but killing them, that is a different situation. But, this film no one really dies they just get to act it out, and I guess in that realm I would love to attempt that. This film raises a lot of questions about what is wrong and right, and executing someone.

This film starts off with a story about random people in 1996 getting the chance to film their own murder stories or wet-dreams, the only rule they are given was that they have to be the actor in it, they can be the murderer or the victim. Now, the film also covers when they meet the people several years later and start to talk about their films and ask what motivated them and talking about murder also. Not all the murders are alike, some are shootings, and some are torture and etc. The shorts range from powerful to just ok, but the film itself has a very strong message and would be very entertaining esp. after some of the events that have happened in our country in the last few years. This film has plenty of death scenarios, so if you want to see some violent bloodbath this is not your film. The main deal of this whole film is what death means and to hear from the people who shot the shorts that you get to see in bits and pieces.

If you are a fan of documentaries you will dig this, and if you are one of those people who watch CNN just for what violence has erupted in our world today, may want to see this film just to find out what can be in some people’s heads. This film may not be for everyone, but I really had fun with it for the most part, some of the interview stuff does get bogged down, but all in all this is a must watch for someone who is looking for something different and every wanted to harm another human being.

8 out of 10

Read the review on wickedchannel.com

DVD REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ Rock! Shock! Pop!

by Ian Jane | Rock! Shock! Pop!, Aug 1, 2013

The Movie:

If you could get away with murder, would you? Not manslaughter, but murder. The pre-meditated kind. Obviously a lot of people have tried, and hopefully more have failed than not, but for the most part, even at our most outraged we know it’s not ‘right’ to kill. But what happens when you eliminate the prospect of being punished for your crime?

Filmmaker Michal Kosakowski, in 1996, started asking people about their feelings on murder, starting a dialogue on the specifics of what they would do, how they would do it and why they would do it and then, once that relationship was established, offering them the chance to act that out. Note that the key word there is act. He was, in short, giving people the opportunity to indulge their murder fantasies, but this did not come without a catch – they had to be actively involved and play either the killer or the victim. So from here, Kosakowski rounds up his group of people and basically has them create their own fake snuff/horror movies. He chooses people from different backgrounds, all of whom seem reasonably stable, and he lets them do their thing.

We see these short films, or at least enough of them, and then roughly ten years later we travels with Kosakowski as he catches up with them and picks their brains about how they feel about the subject since making their respective movies. We learn how their lives have changed in the years since the films were made and through some discussion learn how their opinions and views on things have been altered not just from the experience of the part they played but by current and world events as well. Of course, nobody interviewed or involved in the project has gone any sort of killing spree but it’s interesting to hear some justify and some counter the reasons for killing. Read the rest of this page »

‘ZERO KILLED’ PODCAST REVIEW @ EXORCAST

by Vincent & The Beard | Exorcast, July 19, 2013

Listen to the podcast review of ZERO KILLED on the occasion of the US-DVD release by Cult Epics.

Exorcast podcast

‘ZERO KILLED’ INTERVIEW @ FANDOR/KEYFRAME

with Jonathan Marlow & Michal Kosakowski | Fandor, Keyframe, July 19, 2013

Three, Two, One: ZERO KILLED
‘My intention was to criticize all of this violence.’

At the Chicago Underground Film Festival in 2012, an event already unique in its capacity for great programming year after year, the unconventional documentary Zero Killed made quite an impression. In the film, ordinary individuals are allowed to enact their own murder fantasies provided that they agree to appear in the resulting short. Many years later, they are interviewed about their experiences. The film passes no judgment. Nor should it. The banality of evil is in sharp focus, regardless. Fandor co-founder Jonathan Marlow spoke with filmmaker Michal Kosakowski at his home in Berlin, albeit remotely.

‘Zero Killed’

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‘ZERO KILLED’ NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD/VOD

Hi folks, ZERO KILLED is now available on DVD & VOD

Amazon.com / DVD
Amazon.com / VOD
Fandor / VOD
Barnes&Noble / DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES • The Making of Zero Killed • Trailer

ZERO KILLED • DVD R1
 • 81 Minutes • English/German/Polish/Serbian with English Subtitles • 2013 • Color/B&W • Widescreen • Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround • Not Rated

‘ZERO KILLED’ – US DVD RELEASE teaser 5 – WHAT CAUSES VIOLENCE?


CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE MOST DISCUSSED TOPIC IN THE NEWS!

US & CANADA DVD RELEASE DATE July 23, 2013

BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON.COM

US DISTRIBUTOR CULT EPICS
ZERO KILLED OFFICIAL MOVIE SITE

SPECIAL FEATURES Making of Zero Killed / Trailer

WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Chicago Underground Film Festival 2012
WINNER BEST FEATURE – Horrible Imaginings Film Festival San Diego 2012
WINNER BEST CHILL! – Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival 2012
WINNER BEST FEATURE DOC – South Texas Underground Film Festival 2012

81 Minutes • English/German/Polish/Serbian with English Subtitles • 2013 • Color/B&W • Widescreen • Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround • Not Rated

‘ZERO KILLED’ – US DVD RELEASE teaser 4 – HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE GOOD AND EVIL?


CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THE MOST DISCUSSED TOPIC IN THE NEWS!

US & CANADA DVD RELEASE DATE July 23, 2013

BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON.COM

US DISTRIBUTOR CULT EPICS
ZERO KILLED OFFICIAL MOVIE SITE

SPECIAL FEATURES Making of Zero Killed / Trailer

WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Chicago Underground Film Festival 2012
WINNER BEST FEATURE – Horrible Imaginings Film Festival San Diego 2012
WINNER BEST CHILL! – Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival 2012
WINNER BEST FEATURE DOC – South Texas Underground Film Festival 2012

81 Minutes • English/German/Polish/Serbian with English Subtitles • 2013 • Color/B&W • Widescreen • Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround • Not Rated

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