TURBO KID (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.


The Chicago Cinema Society is extremely proud and excited to announce the Chicago Premiere of TURBO KID at Chicago Filmmakers for three screenings starting on August 28th (see bottom of post for specifics)! The debut feature from Canadian filmmaking collective RKSS, TURBO KID is a wild throwback to post-apocalyptic action cinema of the 80s filtered through colorful Saturday morning cartoons and video game box art. Featuring Michael Ironside and a killer synth soundtrack, TURBO KID bursts off the screen with adventure, gore, and heart. Don’t miss one of the most fun and unique movies of the year!


In a post-apocalyptic parallel future of 1997, an orphaned teenager called The Kid scavenges the Wasteland searching for relics from a better time (the 80s). During one of his expeditions he meets Apple, a mysterious girl with a rather large secret. As their relationship deepens, they accidentally run afoul of Zeus, the self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland. Zeus, a sadistically droll maniac who murdered The Kid’s parents, now controls the Wasteland’s most precious commodity: fresh water. When Zeus’ gang kidnaps Apple, The Kid joins forces with Frederick, the laconic leader of the legendary Arm-Wrestling Clan. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbo-charged weapon, The Kid must fulfill his ultimate destiny: destroy Zeus, avenge his parents’ death and get the girl of his dreams.

Audience Award – Best Film: Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival
Jury Award – Best Art Direction (International Film): Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival

Audience Award – Midnighters: SXSW Film Festival

Best Director (RKSS): Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival


“Perhaps the most colorful film ever made with a postapocalyptic setting, TURBO KID is a loud, energetic homage to Eighties kitsch (though set in 1997) with so much going on that it makes sense that it took three directors (François Simard and Anouk and Yoann-Karl Whissell, aka RKSS or Road Kill Super Stars) to wrangle it all.” – Laura Kern, Film Comment

“TURBO KID is the ultimate midnight movie… RKSS creates a rich, vibrant world and packs it to the brim with fun idiosyncrasies, details and characters.” – Perri Nemiroff, Collider

“A post-apocalyptic homage that’s kitschy on purpose (which is sort of easy), very funny on its own merits (which is not), and actually sort of sweet — which is practically unheard of when you’re dealing with this particular sub-genre.” – Scott Weinberg, Nerdist

“A pitch-perfect pastiche that never mocks its inspirations…” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“TURBO KID is insane… feels like no other film in the last decade.” – Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm

“TURBO KID is a magical can’t-miss experience that’s like a Saturday morning cartoon turned into an apocalyptic 80s fever-dream… an invigorating adventure that has its phasers set to WOW!” – Matt Donato, We Got This Covered


Digital Projection, 93mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
August 28th at 8:00pm
August 29th at 8:00pm
August 30th at 7:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00


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