Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” Wins Top Prize At Toronto Film Festival

By Creative Media Times

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival has recently wrapped up, with writer-director-actor Taika Waititi’s black comedy “Jojo Rabbit” taking home the top prize, winning the festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award on Sunday.

Set during the Second World War, the movie follows a German boy who finds out that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. The movie is based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens.

Jojo Rabbit triumphed over early awards favorites such A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featuring Tom Hanks and Todd Phillips’ Joaquin Phoenix-starrer Joker among others. Noah Baumbach’s comedy-drama Marriage Story took second place, while Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller Parasite won third place.

Other winners at TIFF 2019 awards include The Twentieth Century for Best Canadian First Feature Film, Antigone for Best Canadian Feature Film, and The Platform for People’s Choice Midnight Madness award.

The award has historically been a strong harbinger for awards season success, leading up to the Academy Awards. As recently as last year People’s Choice winner “Green Book” went on to win Academy Award for Best Picture. Six years prior, 12 Years a Slave also won the People’s Choice Award before it eventually won the Oscar best picture.

Starring the film’s writer-director Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit” also stars Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell. The film is set for limited release on October 18, 2019.