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Archive for January, 2013

‘CULT EPICS’ OFFICIAL U.S. & CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR OF ‘ZERO KILLED’

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…

Cult Epics – Distributor


‘ZERO KILLED’ NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE @ 92YTRIBECA CO-PRESENTED WITH FLAHERTY NYC

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.

92YTribeca – Flaherty NYC – Zero Killed
The Robert J. Flaherty Film Seminar

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.


‘ZERO KILLED’ @ HORROR-ON-SEA FILM FESTIVAL – SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, UK

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

Horror-on-Sea Film Festival
Horror-on-Sea Film Festival – Festival Venue


REVIEW ‘ZERO KILLED’ @ SF BAY GUARDIAN, 7X7SF & SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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