The Jewish International Film Festival (23 October – 21 November) announces a special Australian preview of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Jojo Rabbit, the highly-anticipated World War II satire by Oscar-nominated director Taika Waititi, as the Festival’s Closing Night film.

Jojo Rabbit will have its first Australian screenings on Wednesday 20 November at Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick in Melbourne, and on Thursday 21 November at Ritz Cinemas, Randwick in Sydney, ahead of its national release on 26 December. The film will also close the Festival in Brisbane, Canberra and Perth on Sunday 17 November. Tickets are available now from www.jiff.com.au.

Drawing on his own Jewish heritage and his experiences growing up surrounded by prejudice, writer-director Taika Waititi (whose mother is Jewish, while his father is Maori) makes a powerful statement against hate in his latest film. This World War II satire follows Jojo, a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

The official Jojo Rabbit trailer is available here.

“Fresh from its premiere as a Special Presentation at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, we are very excited to present Australian audiences’ very first chance to catch this incredible film from the storyteller behind Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok,” said Jewish International Film Festival Artistic Director Eddie Tamir. “Based on the novel, the film boldly manages the delicate balance of tackling hate through satire. It’s one of the strongest films we have ever presented.”

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in the film JOJO RABBIT. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

First still from the set of WW2 satire, JOJO RABIT. (From L-R): Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (Writer/Director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlet Johansson). Photo by Kimberley French. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Following JIFF sessions, Jojo Rabbit releases in Australian cinemas Boxing Day 2019.

The Jewish International Film Festival full program will be launched with a screening of The Other Story on Sunday 22 September at 2PM at the Ritz Cinemas, Randwick and Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick, before being officially unveiled on Monday 23 September.

JIFF 2019 Closing Nights:

MELBOURNE Wednesday 20 November – Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick
7:30PM Drinks and live music
8:30PM Jojo Rabbit screening

SYDNEY Thursday 21 November, 8:30PM – Ritz Cinema, Randwick
7:30PM Drinks and live music
8:30PM Jojo Rabbit screening
Sunday 17 November, 7PM – New Farm Cinemas, New Farm

Sunday 17 November, 6:30PM – Dendy Cinemas, Canberra

Sunday 17 November, 7PM – Greater Union Cinemas, Morley

Tickets to Jojo Rabbit are on sale now at www.jiff.com.au.

2019 Jewish International Film Festival screening dates:

SYDNEY 23 October – 21 November Ritz Cinema, Randwick
2 November – 20 November Roseville Cinemas, Roseville
MELBOURNE 24 October – 20 November Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick
25 October – 20 November Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn
7 November – 20 November Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave
BRISBANE 7 November – 17 November New Farm Cinemas, New Farm
CANBERRA 7 November – 17 November Dendy Cinemas, Canberra
PERTH 6 November – 17 November Greater Union Cinemas, Morley
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