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Video: RKSS – Summer of ’84 | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance put them on the map when they invited their directorial debut Turbo Kid, and when the Quebecois trio known as RKSS made the switch from micro inventive sci-fi action comedy hybrid to fully embracing ’80s nostalgia with this coming-of-age horror blend, fest programmers happily came back for seconds. With the current air and demand for retro (VHS bliss in Brigsby Bear serves as a great example of this), what has quickly become evident in Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell‘s playful first two features is that they know how to create their own pandoras as we could easily see these films as franchises. We were on hand for the second screening at the Ray theater.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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