Jojo Rabbit - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Jojo Rabbit
US | 2018 | 108’ | DCP | Colour | English | Group: B
Director: Taika Waititi

Showtimes
2019/12/05 20:30 Macao Cultural Centre – G.A

Programmer’s Note

It takes a brave film-maker to make a comedy around Adolf Hitler and life under his deeply unhilarious Third Reich, but Taika Waititi is just such a film-maker. Carefully described as a satire but actually a classic Waititi cocktail of broad comedy and tender sweetness, JoJo Rabbit echoes his other film with children lead protagonists Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Boy in warmly portraying the confusion and ebullience of youth. Only this time our eight year-old hero is a German boy called JoJo who has to balance the crackpot nationalism of his teachers and Hitler Youth peers with the quiet resistance of his mother and the discovery of a Jewish girl hiding in the attic. It’s genuinely and wickedly funny, and, yes, there is Waititi himself as JoJo’s imaginary friend – the Fuehrer himself – but beyond Adolf and the other Nazi monsters he lampoons in the film, the director is cleverly exploring how easily children are indoctrinated with hatred – and how their innocence can save them. Like in all of his films, you find yourself tearing up when you least expect it, largely down to two magnificently touching performances from Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo and the luminous Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa.

Synopsis

Berlin. World War II. A lonely German boy’s world view is turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, JoJo must confront his blind nationalism.

Director

Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is an award-winning writer, director and actor from New Zealand. His New Zealand films including Eagle Versus Shark (2007), Boy (2010), What We Do In The Shadows (2014) and Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016) are among the most successful local titles of all time, and launched him into the international stage with a vengeance. He now has a hugely successful career in Hollywood, which kicked off in 2017 with Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok which went on to gross over $850m worldwide. JoJo Rabbit had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sept and won the coveted People’s Choice Award. He will next direct Thor: Love And Thunder which is scheduled for a Nov 2021 release. His short film, Two Cars, One Night (2004) won an Academy Award nomination.

Cast & Crew

Director Taika Waititi

Scriptwriter(s) Taika Waititi

Producer(s) Chelsea Winstanley,,  Carthew Neal

Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare, Jr.

Production Designer Ra Ra

Editor Tom Eagles

Music Michael Giacchino

Costumes Designer Mayes C. Rubeo

Cast Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell

Production Companies Piki Films, Defender Films

Distributor The Walt Disney Company (Hong Kong) Limited

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