Auteur August: Taika Waititi
August 5–11, 2022
Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi's gift for uproarious and absurd humor has served him well in his career, from indie hits like What We Do in the Shadows to the blockbuster franchise Thor: Ragnarok. Catch Waititi’s complete filmography from the dark to the bitingly funny, screening at SIFF Cinema Egyptian August 5-11.
Passes are available for each director's weeklong series, as well as ticket 6-packs which can be used for any Auteur August film (regardless of director).
Individual tickets on sale now. Visit film page to purchase.
August 5 - 11
Tuesday, August 9
6:30pm - Jojo Rabbit
Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi's gift for uproarious and absurd humor has served him well in his career. A multi-talented director/actor/comedian/screenwriter, he approaches his films with an anarchic sensibility: an eye for the absurd accompanied by humane and kind worldviews.
While acting in a New Zealand TV series called “The Strip,” Waititi conceptualized the story of two kids left alone in the car while their parents popped into the pub for a couple of pints. That became the Oscar nominated short Two Cars, One Night (which won SIFF’s Grand Jury Prize for short film in 2004) and he never looked back. His early films Eagle vs. Shark and Boy mix social commentary and drama with a quirky sensibility and nods to the New Zealand communities he grew up in. His comedic timing and sense of compassion became his signature stamp and launched him into the arthouse circuit with projects like vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and coming-of-age Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Waititi made the leap to true blockbuster with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, which freely mixed humor with horror, action-adventure, and other genres. Next came Jojo Rabbit, a dark, bitingly funny film about the Nazis starring Waititi as Imaginary Hitler, winning him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Now at the helm of the next chapter in the Thor cycle (Thor: Love and Thunder) as well as the next Star Wars franchise film, Waititi is still bringing his offbeat sensibility and humanity to smaller projects and supporting Indigenous art with “Reservation Dogs” and Next Goal Wins, about America Samoa’s quest to play soccer in the World Cup.
New Zealand | 2003 | 12 min. | Taika Waititi
Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.