New Zealand director Taika Waititi has been on a hot streak with critically acclaimed indie films like “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and hilarious blockbusters like “Thor: Ragnarok.” His latest film “Jojo Rabbit,” about a German boy during World War II who has a buffoonish Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend, is one of this year’s most exciting and unlikely awards contenders. Local moviegoers will get a chance to see “Jojo Rabbit” when the Lucas Theatre for the Arts screens it as part of its ongoing Arthouse Cinema series.
“The Arthouse Cinema was created to bring independent features and films vying for awards to Savannah that often only play in larger cinema markets,” said Christina Routhier, Executive Director of SCAD Theaters and Festivals. “In recent years, studios have become more interested in screening their films in Georgia, and specifically Savannah, as our city and state continues to grow in entertainment productions. The studios are also aware of what SCAD has brought to the entertainment industry over the past decades, and are eager to reach our market.”
“Jojo Rabbit” is the first of several top tier films, including “The Lighthouse” and “Parasite,” that the Lucas Theatre will screen over the coming weeks. Although there are several big movies jostling for a golden trophy this season, these particular films stand out for their artistic daring and uniqueness.
“Under the keen eye of our artistic manager, Caitlin Wallace, and the staff of the Lucas Theatre, we are always eager to bring to Savannah and SCAD the most coveted independent films of the year. This year's critically acclaimed film, ‘Jojo Rabbit’, has garnered countless award nominations and significant praise for Director Taika Waititi's adaptation of the international best selling novel, ‘Caging Skies’.”
Along with the Arthouse Cinema series, the Lucas Theatre is also hosting a family friendly Musical Matinee series which will first feature the beloved 1982 film version of the hit Broadway show “Annie” directed by the great John Huston and staring Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Other films in the pipeline include “Cabaret” (1972) and “An American in Paris” (1951).
The Arthouse Cinema and Musical Matinee series are a great way to experience new and classic films in a historic and gorgeous movie theatre the way they are meant to be seen.
“Watching a film at the Lucas Theatre is like going back in time to 1921, when movie palaces were the height of high society,” said Routhier. “Thanks to the meticulous renovation and continued support of SCAD, the Lucas Theatre continues to be the golden jewel of Savannah. The theater is equipped with state of the art projection and audio and is home to many productions and organizations such as the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, SCAD Signature Events, Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Philharmonic and many more. To see classic films and new films on the big screen at the Lucas Theatre is a one-of-a-kind experience.”
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