Feathers and plumes, shoes and cardboard robots to tell the bitter tale which brought Mayes C. Rubeo at the 2020 Oscar Night

Jojo Rabbit

When detail is poetry

by Francesca Romana Buffetti

Apair of shoes, camel coloured trousers, a cardboard uniform: Mayes C. Rubeo has studded Jojo Rabbit with accessories and costumes that embed themselves in the memory; details that contribute to the poetry of the film, written and directed by Taika Waititi (loosely based on Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies), which was able to conquer the audience and critics in no time: war seen through the eyes of a little boy, who found in Hitler his imaginary friend.
Six nominations at the 2020 Oscars (including for Ra Vincent and Nora Sopková’s production design and Mayes Rubeo’s costumes) and a statuette won (for Best Adapted Screenplay) by this little masterpiece. Now, explains the Mexican costume designer (divided between Los Angeles and Trevi, in Umbria, for a long time), once the excitement and the media echo, the ceremonies and the red carpets were over, what remains is the nostalgia: «At times sadness surges in at the thought that the little protagonists will grow, they are already growing, and I will no longer be able to work with them as children». The very young actors are Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie and Archie Yates, the Johannes Betzler, Elsa Korr and Yorki of the film.