Focus Features have recently released their first trailer and one sheet for Niki Caro's (Whale Rider) The Zookeeper's Wife.
Adapted by Angela Workman (Snow Flower And The Secret Fan) from Diane Ackerman's best seller, The Zookeeper's Wife tells the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers Jan and Antonina Żabiński, who saved many human and animal lives during World War II.
Jessica Chastain (The Martian) plays Antonia, who is happy running the Warsaw Zoo with her husband (Johan Heidenbergh) and taking care of injured animals. But when the city was bombed in 1939 and many of her charges were killed, she decides to turn the place into a pig farm to help provide food for the locals. And with the city falling under Nazi control and the local Jews under threat, Antonia saw a chance to offer refuge to those who were being thrown from their homes and killed. All that under the nose of Nazi zoologist Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl).
"It was a wonderful story about not only animal nature vs. human nature but about radical compassion and humanity," Caro told USA Today. "The Zabinskis sheltered Jews at tremendous risk to themselves for a very simple reason: because it was the right thing to do."
With Michael McElhatton and Iddo Goldberg also in the cast, The Zookeeper's Wife will arrive in US cinemas on 31 March before heading to the UK on 5 May.