The filmmaker continues to grow with his most confrontational effort to date.

Taika Waititi’s latest has finally arrived in UK cinemas, but where was Jojo Rabbit filmed?

Oscar season is officially in full swing, and there’s still lots to look forward to!

The Best Picture race at this year’s Academy Awards is already stacked, so much that it’s hard to predict what will make the shortlist. 

You have the likes of Sam Mendes’ 1917, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Todd Phillips’ Joker and Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite predicted to battle it out for the top honour. 

However, then there are efforts like Uncut Gems from the Safdie brothers which could easily enter the race. Similarly, Jojo Rabbit shouldn’t be underestimated. 

Taking a risk with Taika Waititi

From the very start, it was clear that Taika’s latest film would divide audiences. 

Based on the Christine Leunens book Caging Skies, Jojo Rabbit centres upon Hitler youth Jojo (played by Roman Griffin Davis) whose devotion to the Führer is thrown into question when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their home. 

Throughout the film, there are a number of comedic sequences with Jojo’s imaginary friend who takes the form of Adolf Hitler. Of course, this is very tricky territory. 

It’s incredibly risky to attempt comedy when dealing with the atrocities of war, but for the most part, this anti-war satire is a success. 

Where was Jojo Rabbit filmed?

According to IMDb, Jojo Rabbit was filmed in a range of Czech Republic locations.  

These include:

– Prague, Czech Republic

– Ustek, Czech Republic (street scenes)

– Chcebuz, Czech Republic (exterior scenes)

– Zatec, Czech Republic (exterior – main square)

The look of the main square is very striking, and it’s interesting to note some IMDb trivia on the general appearance of the film’s locations. Taika discovered while researching WWII Germany that it was actually rather colourful and fashionable. So, unlike other WWII films, he attempted to achieve a more vibrant look. 

 

More from Taika Waititi

If you loved the film, make sure you’ve checked out the rest of his work too!

The filmmaker has helmed such films as Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok

So, as you can see, he has a great track record. 

Arguably, Boy remains his most charming and enjoyable effort, but Jojo Rabbit is definitely worth praising. 

In other news, here are our picks for the most disappointing movies of 2019.