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The Zookeepers Wife tells the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II.

The film is set in 1939 Poland and centres around Antonina Zabinska (portrayed by Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr Jan Zabinska (Johan Heldenbergh. Here the Warsaw Zoo is flourishing under their stewardship and care.

The Zookeepers Wife Story

When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned. They are then forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War).

They then look for a way to fight back on their own terms. As a result Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance. They put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. This means Antonina has to put herself and even her children at great risk.

The Zookeepers Wife Cast and Crew

Cast includes Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Daniel Brühl.

Directed by Niki Caro (known for North Country, Whale Rider, McFarland and USA) from screenplay by writer Angela Workman (War Bride) and based on the nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman.

The Zookeepers Wife Trailer

The Zookeepers Wife Theatrical Release date

US and Canada: March 31st 2017

UK: May 5th 2017

Zookeepers Wife - Poster: Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh
Zookeepers Wife – Poster: Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) at the top with Dr Jan Zabinska (Johan Heldenbergh) below ©2016 Focus Features