Taika Waititi’s upcoming ‘anti-hate’ satire Jojo Rabbit has been awarded the People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2019. The Fox Searchlight movie focuses on a young boy in Nazi Germany who finds a young Jewish girl in his house, being cared for by his mother. Waititi, the New Zealand born director, also stars in the film as Jojo’s imaginary friend who happens to be Adolf Hitler.
Jojo Rabbit is adapted from the novel Caged Skies by author Christine Leunens, but the concept of an imaginary friend in the visage of the evil dictator who acts as a paternal figure for the main character was added to the script by Waititi. The director, whose family are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, was first introduced to the novelization by his own mother and later began production on the film after the success of his film Thor: Ragnarok.