Jojo Rabbit

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Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi
D/USA, 2019
Features, 108min, OmdU

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Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi
D/USA, 2019
Features, 108min, OmdU

Thu
31
Oct
18:00
Gartenbaukino
Sat
02
Nov
13:00
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Griffin Davis
Jojo Betzler
Thomasin McKenzie
Elsa Korr
Taika Waititi
Adolf Hitler
Scarlett Johansson
Rosie Betzler
Sam Rockwell
Captain Klenzendorf
Screenplay: 
Taika Waititi nach einem Roman von Christine Leunens
Camera: 
Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Editor: 
Tom Eagles
Composer: 
Michael Giacchino
Decoration: 
Ra Vincent
Costume: 
Mayes C. Rubeo

Production: 
Czech Anglo Productions
Piki Films
Defender Films
Fox Searchlight Pictures
World Sales: 
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Distribution in Austria: 
Buena Vista International
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

New Zealand’s Taika Waikiki is considered one of contemporary cinema’s major pop-culturally savvy talents. And with his latest “antihate- satire” JOJO RABBIT, he’s definitely out to underline his status as such. Waikiki himself plays a screwy slapstick-Hitler, 10-year-old Jojo’s best, albeit imaginary friend. Jojo aims to be a fearless Nazi, only he’s too sweet and not reckless enough to even kill a bunny. Waikiki mixes elements of broad comedy (Sam Rockwell as an intoxicated Nazi captain) with a more subtle approach to upending and playfully unearthing the stereotypes and resentments of the era (and the analogous, ever recurring ingredients of the period piece).
​When Jojo discovers that a Jewish girl named Elsa is hiding in his attic, the two start a duel on who is more convincing in acting out clichéd and popular concepts of nationhood and race – the boy actually starts creating a sketchbook on Jewish otherness.
Waikiki delivers a comedy full of quirky ideas, some of them a bit overstretched, others brilliantly trenchant. As a satirist, he prefers to look on the bright side, until David Bowie can finally sing his song “Helden” (in German). Scarlett Johansson also gives a buoyant performance as Jojo’s mother, who has her own life-defining secrets. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)

Jean-Pierre Dardenne: FALSCH (1987), JE PENSE À VOUS (1992), LA PROMESSE (1996), ROSETTA (1999), LE FILS (2002), L’ENFANT (2005), LE SILENCE DE LORNA (2008), LE GAMIN AU VÉLO (2011), DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT (2014), LA FILLE INCONNUE (2016)