This week in FILM — JOJO RABBIT and DFF’s Brit Withey tribute

Winner of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award, Jojo Rabbit, is funny as hell, but somewhat misguided. What do you do when satire lacks conviction?

I wonder what Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey would have made of it. He was a man whose taste ran toward the confrontational and conflicting. Sadly, Withey died earlier this year, on March 31 in a one-car crash. He was 50.

Since 2007, Withey was the artistic director of the Denver Film Festival, which kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 30 with a tribute to Withey and screenings of three of his favorites: American Movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Frownland. For more on Withey’s life and death, please read Lisa Kennedy’s obituary from April.