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Fantastic Fest 2019: Taika Waititi and Stephen Merchant talk “Jojo Rabbit”

“Jojo Rabbit” officially kicked off Fantastic Fest 2019 on Thursday, September 19. Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi and, basically, all things weird at the movies.  In attendance was writer, director and actor Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and actor Stephen Merchant.

The film is about Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on. The film also stars Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen.

Asked on the red carpet about what it was like playing this version of Hitler, Waititi and Merchant responded with the playful and hilarious banter we have come to expect from the director. Watch below for the red carpet interview.

“Jojo Rabbit” made its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8, 2019. The film garnered mix reviews but won the TIFF Audience Award. The prize, historically, has led to eventual Best Picture Oscar nominations and sometimes a winner. Think “Green Book,” “La La Land,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

“Jojo Rabbit” hits theaters on October 18, 2019. Will you be heading to the theater to watch? Let us know! Read our Fantastic Fest “Jojo Rabbit” film review here.

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Featured image credit: Jack Plunkett/Fantastic Fest

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