By Don Simpson | May 9, 2012
We first saw writer-director Markus Schleinzer’s Michael at Fantastic Fest 2011 and it literally sent ice cold shivers down our spine. Schleinzer’s film also screened in the main competition at Cannes Film Festival, and was an official selection at AFI Fest, Toronto and Chicago International Film Festivals. The film won the Golden Pram Award for Best Feature Film at the Zagreb Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Miskolc International Film Festival.
Strand Releasing will be releasing Michael on DVD in the United States on May 15, 2012. Since we consider Michael to be one of the creepiest pedophile films ever made, we jumped at the opportunity when Strand asked us to give away a few copies of the DVD to our loyal readership.
Director: Markus Schleinzer
Writer: Markus Schleinzer
Starring: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss, Victor Tremmel, Xaver Winkler, Thomas Pfalzmann
Not to be confused with the Nora Ephron film starring John Travolta, Austrian writer-director Markus Schleinzer’s Michael is an everyday portrait of a pedophile. A very average-looking thirtysomething, Michael (Michael Fuith) spends his mundane days working in an insurance office. Then, when he arrives home after work, Michael closes the shutters of his windows nice and tight and heads down to the basement to visit Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger), the 10-year-old boy whom he keeps locked up down there. Michael and Wolfgang have dinner, wash dishes, watch movies and play games; then Michael ushers Wolfgang back to the basement and locks him up again.
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– Don Simpson’s 8 out of 10 review of Michael
For your chance to win a Michael DVD, tell us (in the Comments section below) the title of a film that sends ice cold shivers down your spine.
***Please note: We can only ship DVDs to U.S. postal addresses.***
Winners will be picked at random on May 15, 2012. Good luck!!!