Focus Features bring us the incredible true story of The Zookeeper’s Wife. Antonina (Chastain) and Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh) are a Christian couple and zookeepers in Warsaw, Poland. When the Germans invade and start World War II, Antonia and Jan refuse to standby in the face of so much suffering and persecution. They join the resistance, and use the zoo as a hiding place and refuge to save hundreds of Jews from the Nazis – risking their own lives in the process.
The film is a testament to the power of compassion, faith, and courage within us all.
In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.
When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War).
To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
This spectacular film opens in theatres March 31st. Please visit Focus Features for more information.
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