Los Angeles, CA – Epic Pictures Group’s critically acclaimed hit sci-fi thriller Turbo Kid was recognized tonight with the Saturn Award for Best International Film. The Saturn Awards are the official awards of The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Turbo Kid directors Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whisell, lead actors Munro Chambers and Michael Ironside, producers Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group, producers Anne-Marie Gelinas and Benoit Beaulieu of EMA Films and producer Tim Riley, accepted the award at the ceremony at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom.
xThe win marks Epic Pictures Group’s second Saturn Award win, after Big Ass Spider! won in 2014. The independent studio has rapidly made a name for itself as one of the preeminent producers and distributors of high-quality, original genre films, with recent releases Nina Forever, JeruZalem, Tales of Halloween, and Turbo Kid each racking up strong critical acclaim and fan support.
“Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes, Turbo Kid premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to strong critical acclaim and racked up multiple awards on the film festival circuit, including the Midnight Audience Award at 2015’s SXSW Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival, and the Best Feature Audience Award at Fantaspoa 2015. The film was released in August 2015, by Epic Pictures Releasing, Epic Pictures Group’s U.S. distribution division.
Turbo Kid follows “The Kid,” (Munro Chambers) an orphan left to survive on his own through drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX, scavenging for scraps to trade for a scant supply of water in a 1997, ruined post-apocalyptic world. When his perpetually chipper, pink-haired new best friend Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) is kidnapped by a minion of evil overlord Zeus (Michael Ironside), The Kid summons the courage of his comic book hero and prepares to deliver turbocharged justice to Zeus, his buzzsaw-handed sidekick Skeletron, and their vicious masked army.
Bolstered by a pitch-perfect synth score, and clever and cheeky period details, co-directors François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, collectively coined RKSS, create a raucous retro-futuristic action comedy that pays homage to ’80s movies great and small, while adding their own flair with inventive and exuberant violence and gore (prepare for disemboweling by exercycle). Sci-fi legend Michael Ironside delivers with malevolence and glee as the larger-than-life Zeus, a despicable villain with joie de vivre.
A limited-edition, 3-disc “Ultra Turbo Charge Collector’s Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD set packed with special features is currently available for purchase here – http://turbo-kid.com/store. The film is also currently available for purchase on iTunes –https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/turbo-kid/id1028217287
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFlZ6pVtnv0
About Epic Pictures Group
Established in 2007 by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, Epic Pictures Group has grown to become one of the most creative and dynamic independent studios, focusing on filmmakers’ vision driven projects, shaping them from script to worldwide sales.
Epic has produced many hits including “BIG ASS SPIDER!,” Darren Lynn Bousman’s “11-11-11,” “VIKINGDOM” starring Dominic Purcell, Craig Fairbrass, Jon Foo, and Natassia Malthe and more recently the 2015 Sundance premieres “ENTERTAINMENT” and “TURBO KID” and all-star horror anthology “TALES OF HALLOWEEN.” Recent releases include “JERUZALEM” and FrightFest Best Film Winner “NINA FOREVER.”
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