A film by Michal Kosakowski

Archive for February, 2013


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. (more…)


‘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.

VIDEONALE.14 – Festival for Contemporary Video Art
VIDEONALE.14 – Zero Killed


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

Bloody Hero International Film Festival
Bloody Hero – Zero Killed



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. (more…)


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…. (more…)