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EntertainmentNazi comedy 'Jojo Rabbit' wins Toronto film fest prize

10:50  16 september  2019
10:50  16 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The film Jojo Rabbit has won the influential People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The second runner-up was Parasite, a South Korean comedy -drama which earlier this year won the top prize , the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival .

(NEW YORK) — Taika Waititi’s Nazi Germany-set satire “ Jojo Rabbit ” won the People’s Choice award Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival , a prize that has historically Because so many of the top fall movies play in Toronto , the festival ’s audience award has often been almost prophetic.

Nazi comedy 'Jojo Rabbit' wins Toronto film fest prize© VALERIE MACON "Jojo Rabbit," starring Scarlett Johansson (C), has won the Toronto Film Festival's top prize

"Jojo Rabbit" on Sunday won the Toronto film festival's top prize, an Oscars bellwether which gives the satirical Nazi comedy a boost as Hollywood's award season kicks into gear.

The movie from "Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi tells the story of a young German boy living during World War Two whose imaginary friend is a make-believe version of Adolf Hitler.

Billed as an "anti-hate satire," it plots how the child -- a Hitler Youth member with a fondness for Nazi uniforms and book-burnings -- discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.

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Second world war comedy Jojo Rabbit has won this year’s people’s choice award at the Toronto film festival , a prize that’s seen by many as a major After a crowd-pleasing premiere, the film picked up mostly positive reviews with Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf claiming that Waititi is “legitimately breaking

Photo: YouTube. In what’s pretty much the film critic’s version of Groundhog Day, Taika Waititi’s divisive Jojo Rabbit won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto Film Festival — signifying at least six more weeks of legit Oscar buzz.

Nazi comedy 'Jojo Rabbit' wins Toronto film fest prize© VALERIE MACON New Zealand director/actor Taika Waititi attends the special screening of "Jojo Rabbit" during the 2019 Toronto International Film

It beat runners-up "Marriage Story" -- also starring Johansson -- and Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Parasite" from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho.

The Toronto People's Choice Award, determined entirely by the votes of festival attendees, has a strong history of predicting Oscars success.

The last seven winners were all nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, with two of those winning the Oscar, including last year's surprise victor "Green Book."

"12 Years a Slave" (2013), "The King's Speech" (2010) and "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) all began their award season journeys to Oscar glory with the Toronto prize.

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Jojo Rabbit , about a 10-year-old in Nazi Germany whose imaginary friend is a buffoonish version of Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi himself), got a relatively indifferent critical Todd Phillips’ Joker won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival , so an awards faceoff between an anti- Nazi satire and a dark

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 After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week, audiences chose Jojo Rabbit for the coveted spot of the People's Choice

"Jojo Rabbit" earned only middling reviews from critics after its world premiere in Toronto.

The Hollywood Reporter praised its "raucous, audience-pleasing outrageousness" but warned its cartoonish approach to Nazi Germany "doesn't wear well as matters deepen and progress."

Variety called it a "feel-good hipster Nazi comedy" which "creates the illusion of danger while playing it safe."

But studio Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, hopes the film's resonance with movie lovers will help it to follow in the footsteps of last year's surprise winner "Green Book."

The Toronto International Film Festival is the largest in North America -- this year it featured more than 300 films from 84 countries, including 133 world premieres.

In a break from previous years, the People's Choice Award was announced online rather than at a ceremony.

Instead the festival held its first prize-giving "tribute gala" on Monday honoring outstanding careers in film.

Meryl Streep, who is currently promoting Netflix's Panama Papers thriller "The Laundromat," received the inaugural actress prize.

"Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix picked up the inaugural actor award, delivering an emotional tribute to his late brother River.

Taika Waititi ("Jojo Rabbit") got the director prize, while another new award honoring outstanding young female talent went to French filmmaker Mati Diop ("Atlantics.")

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