September 27, 2019
At the Fantastic Fest US Premiere of “Jojo Rabbit”, Taika Waititi shares insights into how he was able to create a lighthearted love story in the darkest of times.
Less than two weeks after its world premiere at TIFF, and just a month before its scheduled theatrical release in October, Taika Waititi seemed visibly nervous trying to find funny answers to serious questions about his upcoming black comedy Jojo Rabbit, which seems appropriate for what is basically a coming-of-age love story set against the backdrop of WWII.
Waititi himself portrays a make-believe Adolf Hitler as the imaginary best friend to a young and impressionable German boy who is adamantly part of the Hitler Youth, and whose worldview is tested when he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.
“It’s not a comedy about World War II. It’s a love story about World War II with some jokes.” – Taika Waititi