’s serio-comic”Jojo Rabbit
” won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (Sept. 15). This New Zealand director is a triple threat. He adapted Christine Leunens
‘ novel “Caging Skies” and co-stars as Adolf Hitler
, the imaginary friend of Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis
), a young boy whose mother (Scarlett Johansson
) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie
) in the attic. This crowd-pleaser will be released by Fox Searchlight
on Oct. 18 just as awards season kicks into high gear.
While higher profile pictures played at bigger theaters multiple times, Tiff ensures there is fairness in the process by giving this award to the film that inspires the biggest percentage of its total audience to vote online. Second place went to Noah Baumbach
’s “Marriage Story
” (which also showcases Johansson) while Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes champ “Parasite
” was third.
This win for “Jojo Rabbit
” certainly raises its Oscar hopes.