It was a big day for Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” adaptation, as the film took home the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The satire could be on track for an Oscar win later this year, which would be a desperately needed win for Fox Searchlight. The studio has been in the red with a string of duds since its acquisition from Disney, and could be shutdown if things don’t turnaround.
Over the years, the Toronto Film Festival has gained a reputation for picking Oscar winners. The film festival awarded “Room,” “La La Land,” and “Green Book,” and all of those films went on to win multiple awards at the Oscars. Not only has this been an excellent boost for the winners going into award season, but the festival itself has become a popular choice for studios looking to improve their Oscar and Golden Globe chances.
“Jojo Rabbit” is a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. If you would like to read the original work before seeing the adaptation, you can find Caging Skies right here on Amazon.
The movie is scheduled to release at the specialty box office on October 18th, which is the same weekend that IFC’s “Greener Grass” comedy, and the drama “By the Grace of God” hits theaters. The big releases that weekend are Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson’s “The Lighthouse” from A24, Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” and Sony’s “Zombieland 2: Double Tap.”
Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” was the runner-up this year for People’s Choice Award, with second runner-up going to Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” thriller.
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