A film by Michal Kosakowski

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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.


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


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


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. (more…)


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


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’



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

 • 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