Jojo Rabbit, the Oscar-winning comedy-drama written and directed by Taika Waititi, is based on Christine Leunens’s book Caging Skies
The film, starring the likes of Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson and Waititi himself, tells the story of Johannes ‘Jojo’ Betzler who is a young boy living in Nazi Germany during the later stages of World War II with his mother, Rosie.
“Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic,” the film’s synopsis reads. “Aided only by his imaginary friend—Adolf Hitler—Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.”
Having been handed its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, Jojo Rabbit was eventually released to critical and commercial success and was the heavily represented at the 92nd Academy Awards. With six nominations in total, which included the prestigious Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Johansson, the project ultimately landed victory in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.
Heavily praised for its unique style, the musical score created by American composer Michael Giacchino proved pivotal in the overwhelming feel-good sense and, at times, euphoric atmosphere. Giacchino, who created 45 minutes of fairy-tale-style music at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 35-piece orchestra, also saw the inclusion of contemporary artists such as The Beatles, Tom Waits, Roy Orbison and, of course, David Bowie.
Closing out the film, Bowie’s song ‘Helden’ arrives to bring together the celebratory mood of a war coming to an end. The track, an alternative German version to Bowie’s iconic number ‘Heroes’, sees lead characters Jojo and Elsa break into dance while on the streets of Berlin.
See the clip, below.